Autumn Appeal: Helping Amaya pursue her dreams
Can you assist us to inspire and empower deaf and hard of hearing children like Amaya to dream big, and pursue their goals?
Eight year old Amaya recently told us about her dreams: “I would like to be a vet at wildlife hospitals and travel around the world saving animals. I would love to go to France and to Africa to help the giraffes, lions and cheetahs.”
Amaya also wants to be a professional sportsperson – maybe in the AFL Women’s League. She is already loving sports like Little Athletics and Auslan Auskick.
“As a family, we have made a big commitment to follow the best path for Amaya – wherever that might take us.”
Amaya’s family have gone to extraordinary lengths to find the right supports so Amaya can reach her potential. In the last five years, they have moved four times between four different states and territories to access the supports that they feel best address Amaya’s needs. Now, they finally feel they have found the right combination of supports – primarily through Deaf Children Australia.
After moving to Victoria, they attended our free family camp last October. Amaya then told us, “Being on camp with other deaf kids makes me feel like I’m at home”.
Renee and Adam said that was so special. They added, “We can’t describe how wonderful it has been to be able to interact with deaf people of all ages. And the four of us are making a lot of progress with sign language. We started with DCA’s Auslan for Families classes, then we got an Auslan tutor who is also a Deaf mentor for Amaya.
We are about to return to DCA and South Melbourne District Sports Club’s Auslan Auskick program. They just make it so accessible for her with the interpreter. Now Amaya’s Auslan skills have taken off, Amaya will be able to follow the coaches’ instructions even on a noisy footy field.
“I am deaf and I’m proud of it”
In the past, we felt like we really had to push hard for services and supports that worked well for Amaya but DCA has such a great range of services. Starting with the camp, we felt excited about all the possibilities – and Amaya felt totally validated for who she is. The really personal approach of everyone who works at DCA has made us feel like we are part of another family, rather than working with just another service provider.
Amaya’s hearing has deteriorated over the past twelve months but we are equipping her to be prepared for anything in the future. We will support her all the way to be able to reach her potential.”
With your assistance, we can help more children and young people dream of their future
Deaf Children Australia is committed to enabling children, young people and their families to access the supports they need as they grow – to enable them to fulfil their dreams.
Can you enable us to reach out to other deaf and hard of hearing children and young people like Amaya who urgently need assistance?
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