Would you like to attend a weekend Family Camp at Camp Banksia in beautiful Port Sorell, Tasmania from 6 – 8 November? Shannon Fox who founded the Tasmanian Families of Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children is organising a fantastic camp with support from Deaf Children Australia and a team of wonderful volunteers.
In a Launceston Examiner article, Shannon explained her daughter Olivia, who is ten, was diagnosed at the age of three. She said, “Having hearing loss for a child can be extremely isolating. They may be the only child in the class, school or town, and the only other people they know with hearing loss are older people. Getting together with other kids who have hearing airs or cochlear implants can be one of the most amazing things they experience.”
She said parents often felt isolated while raising their children. “The first deaf person that you meet in your life is this baby, and you don’t know what to do.
“Meeting others who are going through a similar experience and hearing their decisions is really good and can make you feel better about the choices you are making.”
Listen to Shannon and Olivia on their ABC Hobart radio interview podcast.
If you are interested in attending the camp, please view the registration form for all the details. If you would like to assist with Shannon’s fundraising efforts to raise $2,000 to help make the camp more affordable for families, please visit her Go Fund Me page or email Shannon on firstname.lastname@example.org You can read Shannon and Olivia’s story on the Go Fund Me page as well and understand why Shannon is so passionate about bringing the children and families together.
For camp updates and to link in with the Parent Support Group, go to the Tasmanian Families of Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children Facebook page.