Deaf Children Australia’s Recreation Program provides sporting, cultural, social and recreational activities for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people to explore new experiences and challenges. It’s also a great opportunity to make long lasting friendships with peers and build stronger deaf community networks.
Parents and hearing siblings are encouraged to attend to enable them to meet others and extend support networks.
When are activities held?
Some activities are held during school holidays and others during weekends or on weekdays after school hours.
Where are activities held?
Activities are held across Melbourne and regional Victoria.
How much does it cost to attend?
Each activity varies in cost. Deaf Children Australia subsidises the cost for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people so costs are kept as low as possible.
Hearing friends are welcome to attend but they may need to pay extra.
What kinds of activities are held?
- School Holiday Program: A number of events are held during the Victorian school holidays such as excursions, sporting events, BBQs, art and craft activities and fun days. Events are held in Melbourne and country Victoria.
- Youth Events: Camps and youth evenings are held and other activities may be planned, depending on what young deaf people are interested in.
- Sporting Events / Clinics: Deaf children and young people are skilled in various sporting activities and role models and/or coaches may attend to give extra assistance.
- Camps: Camps are held in Victoria to enable children, young people andsometimes entire families to meet others, share knowledge and broaden support networks. There are lots of fun social activities on camps.
Can the whole family attend events?
Most events are designed for the whole family so families are strongly encouraged to attend. Some events are designed for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people to encourage independence and confidence, and families usually do not attend.
What about deaf children with other disabilities?
Deaf Children Australia will explore support for deaf children with additional needs as requested. Specific information must be passed on at time of registration so we can assess individual needs.
How do I find out more?
For information about upcoming recreation activities, camps and other events, go to the events listing on our home page www.deafchildrenaustralia.org.au, check out our Facebook page and/or register for our electronic newsletter ‘Flying Kites’.
Call Deaf Children Australia on (freecall) 1800 645 916 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.