The Community Development team offers support, information and networking opportunities to parents, children, youth, teachers, other professionals and the general community. Our work is varied and driven by the individual needs of families and their children’s community networks.
We facilitate and fund a range of activities including fun days to bring together young deaf students who may be isolated in independent schools for a day of activities with their peers.
Deaf Awareness training
Our Community Development team deliver deaf awareness training and information workshops to schools, community and sporting centres and other community groups.
The aim of deaf awareness training is to remove the barriers for deaf and hard of hearing children through education of the general community to achieve inclusion and access opportunities.
Parent support groups:
We facilitate the linking of parents through Parents of Deaf groups/ Parent Support Groups and Fathers Groups. We host camps for families to meet and support one another and family fun days that involve the broader community.
DCA acknowledges that there is a wide range of questions that families and professionals working with deaf children may have. These queries may cover any stage from diagnosis, pre-school, entering school and adolescence right through to adulthood and entering tertiary education and the workforce. You can access the Helpline service by calling 1800 645 916, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a message to DCA’s Facebook page.
The Deaf Children Australia Helpline service is attended by a staff member who is also the parent of a deaf child and is supported by a team of experienced staff working with families, youth and the broader community. We aim to provide an initial response to each enquiry within a period of two working days, however some enquiries may require further research before a full response is provided.