Deaf Centre Updates

Deaf Centre Updates

Deaf Children Australia (DCA) and Vicdeaf are posting regular updates on co-locating and the formation of a Deaf Centre to better serve the needs of the Deaf community, along with deaf and hard of hearing children, young people and their families. Read our updates below.

Vicdeaf and Deaf Children Australia (DCA) would like to share an update about the Deaf Centre and the case that we have made to the Victorian Government for support.

Gavin Balharrie (Vicdeaf Board Director) and Tamara Trinder-Scacco (DCA Board Director) also share information about how we are working together to ensure that people who are Deaf and hard of hearing, and their families, can best receive NDIS support throughout their lives. Watch the captioned Auslan video for more information.

View the video below or on YouTube.

Vicdeaf and Deaf Children Australia (DCA) would like to share more detailed information for anyone interested in attending the community consultations about the Deaf Centre.

Brent Phillips (Vicdeaf) and Paula Thornton (DCA) appear in this captioned Auslan video which provides background information and asks a number of questions for consideration ahead of the sessions. The first consultation events are coming up soon on 4 June and 6 June.

The first session from 1 – 4pm on Saturday 4 June will be held at the FJ Rose Auditorium, Deaf Children Australia, 597 St Kilda Rd Melbourne. Parking is available in DCA’s car park off High St.

Please RSVP and email any questions you want addressed at the consultation to: deafcentre@deafchildren.org.au

The second session from 7 – 9pm on Monday 6 June will be livestreamed by Vicdeaf and will seek feedback from those who live in regional areas as well. Please email your RSVP and any questions you have to deafcentre@vicdeaf.com.au

We will have a separate session in July especially for young people 14 to 23 years of age, and another session in August or September for those people who are representing organisations in the Deaf sector.

We want people to come to the session that’s right for them and let us know what programs, activities and services you want in a Deaf Centre. Please get involved!

View the flyer.

Vicdeaf and Deaf Children Australia (DCA) would like to share an update about our co-location and the work we have done to date. Brent Phillips (Vicdeaf) and Dean Barton-Smith (DCA) tell you more and ask for your input at upcoming community consultations about what you think a Deaf Centre should include. Watch the captioned Auslan video for more information or read the transcript.

Vicdeaf and Deaf Children Australia (DCA) would like to share the Deaf Community Centre research report, along with Brent Phillips’ interview with one of the researchers, Dr Gabrielle Hodge. Gabrielle explains the consideration of different models of Deaf Centres around the world to enable us to develop a model here in Victoria that would better serve the needs of our Deaf community, along with deaf and hard of hearing adults and children, young people and their families.

Vicdeaf and Deaf Children Australia are pleased to provide an update about the co-location between both organisations. We look forward to updating you more in the new year.

Deaf Children Australia (DCA) and the Victorian Deaf Society (Vicdeaf) are pleased to announce our intention to co-locate and establish a Deaf Centre to better serve the needs of the Deaf community, along with deaf and hard of hearing children, young people and their families.

After rigorous independent investigation and expert advice, the Boards of both Vicdeaf and DCA recognise that by working more closely, we will be able to better service deaf people across all ages to become better connected, informed, empowered and supported.

View the joint announcement below or read the printed communique.

Deaf Children Australia and Vicdeaf have put together a research team to collect and make use of information on how to best set up a joint Deaf Centre for Deaf Children Australia and Vicdeaf in the near future. They will look at Deaf Centres around the world, along with different disability and community centres. This will help us think about options for a Deaf Centre in Victoria and guide community consultations. We look forward to sharing this research with you in the future. View the Auslan clip below.

Vicdeaf and Deaf Children Australia are excited to announce a closer working relationship that will benefit our community, focusing on access to services and the development of a Deaf Centre as well.

View the Auslan clip below featuring DCA Board member Cathy Clark and Vicdeaf Board member Therese Pierce for more details.

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