Our NDIS Services
The introduction of the NDIS provides new opportunities for children, young people and their families to access services from Deaf Children Australia and other service providers. Working flexibly, we can provide the following services through the NDIS with all programs built around the unique goals and aspirations of every child, young person and family. Whether starting or reviewing your current plan, you can ask for a range of the services DCA provides.
DCA provides regular group programs and activities that build peer networks and encourage positive friendships. We run creative, cultural, social and recreational activities, along with fun camps.
We can provide one on one Auslan support through an Auslan worker to facilitate communication, enabling fuller participation in family and community activities and maximising the sense of connection.
Flexible one on one or group support to enable children and young people to participate more fully in community life. This might involve activities such as dance or art classes, football or basketball games for example.
An independent future
Mentoring and support at times of transition
Through sharing experiences, insights and advice, our Deaf and hard of hearing mentors support young people who may be facing barriers or other challenges. Our mentors can help them to build confidence, resilience and a sense of self-worth, make plans for the future and pursue their goals.
Developing life skills
DCA offers practical support on a one on one or group basis to young people who would like to strengthen their independent living skills. For example, they might want to travel to school on their own, learn how to budget, or go shopping. Or they may want to build up skills to enable them to move out of home or get their first job.
Skills for employment or further studies
We can provide one on one or group support to help young people develop the skills and confidence to find meaningful employment, return to school or prepare for TAFE or university.
Deaf and hard of hearing children and young people often have additional needs in terms of their psychological health and wellbeing. Through our professional psychological services, we can support them through a variety of emotional, social, behavioural and academic challenges, as well as helping to promote optimal health and wellbeing.
One on one Australian Sign Language (Auslan) services are available for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people to learn and improve their Auslan and communication skills. One on one or group programs are also available for families, friends and others to learn Auslan to strengthen relationships.
Deafness Awareness Training
Deafness awareness training is available for schools and community activities such as sports clubs, assisting them to provide a fully supportive and inclusive environment for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people.