Useful Links

The following links are provided to assist you in pursuing your interest in deafness. By providing these links, Deaf Children Australia does not by default endorse these organisations, nor do we take responsibility for the information contained on their websites. You are encouraged to make your own enquiries with these organisations if you have any questions specific to their work.

EDUCATION Victorian Deaf Education Institute: Through VDEI, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is committed to improving educational outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people. Victorian College for the Deaf: The Victorian College for the Deaf is a unique educational centre for deaf and hard of hearing students from Prep to Year 12. A bilingual philosophy is supported by an innovative curriculum. Aurora School: Provides optimal learning environments for Deaf and DeafBlind children and their families across the State of Victoria. Victorian Deaf Education Institute: Centre of expertise in deaf education in Victoria.   National Institute for Deaf Studies and Sign Language:  Provides a national focus for research into the Australian deaf community. deafConnectEd champions the learning success of students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Victorian post-secondary education. We partner with educators, student support staff, students and families to provide advice, training, research, and interpreting services. Taralye: Leading oral language centre in Victoria, providing services to deaf and hearing impaired children. Early Education Program: An early support program available to families who have a child with permanent hearing loss in Victoria. Yeerongpilly Centre for Young Deaf Children: The first centre for young deaf children in Queensland.

DEAF AND DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS Parents of Deaf Children Australia: Supporting families with babies, children and teenagers with hearing loss in NSW Deaf Can Do: Provides a range of services to the South Australian adult Deaf and hard of hearing community Deaf Victoria: Advocates on behalf of deaf people to increase access to service, providing leadership to the state government and disability groups Arts Access Australia: Peak national body for arts and disability Telethon Speech and Hearing: Supporting families who have children with speech and hearing needs Able Australia: A non-profit organisation that provides services to people living with multiple disabilities  Aussie Deaf Kids: Provides information for parents raising a deaf child Can Do 4 Kids: Family centred service providing quality specialist programs to children and young people across SA who are vision or hearing impaired Parents of Hearing Impaired South Australia: Group of parents of hearing impaired children who met to address the problems that affect their children Deaf Sports Australia: Information about national and international competitions for the deaf as well as national and state sports contacts Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children: Provides education, school support services, help and information for deaf and blind children Association for Children with a Disability: An organisation operated by parents of children with disabilities which offers support, education and advocacy The Coalition for Global Hearing Health: an international organisation dedicated to advocating for effective hearing health services and policies, to equipping and empowering hearing healthcare professionals, families, educators, communities and those with hearing loss, and to encouraging and perpetuating best practices. Online resource hub for the latest on communication technology for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. Usher Kids Australia: An advocacy and information network for children with Usher Syndrome and their families in Australia. Usher Syndrome is a rare genetic condition usually characterised by both hearing and vision loss, but can also involve vestibular issues. Deaf Society of NSW: For over 100 years, the Deaf Society has been the leading provider of specialist services for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people and their families. Our focus is ensuring that deaf people have access to all areas of life on an equal basis with others. We support deaf people to breakdown their barriers and achieve their goals in a range of areas, including; employment, education, communication facilitation, independent living and community

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS   Cochlear: The leading global expert in implantable hearing solutions. Australian Hearing: One of the largest hearing service providers in the world with a reputation for innovation and world-leading practices.  Counselling for people who are deaf and hard of hard of hearing, and their families, by Karli Dettman. Karli is Deaf, fluent in Auslan and has an in-depth understanding of issues deaf people face.

APS Find a Psychologist It is now easier to find a psychologist who is experienced in mental health issues for those who are hard of hearing. The Australian Psychological Society now has an online ‘Find a Psychologist’ Service and they have included ‘hearing loss’ as one of the personal issues that can be selected to tailor your search. To read more, go to the  site and select Advanced Search.

RESOURCES Australian Human Rights Commission: Leading the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia. Disability Services Commissioner: Works with people with a disability and disability service providers to resolve complaints and improve services. The produce a quarterly newsletter providing regular updates on the work of the Disability Services Commissioner.  Disability Services Commissioner: Auslan information on making a complaint.  Safe Deaf Kids: DCA’s web based personal safety training program for deaf children aged 7 years and over.

Deaf Education Summit video: As part of the Deaf Education Summit, Deaf Australia encouraged delegates and presenters to share their hopes, frustrations, goals and dreams related to their experiences with the deaf education and early intervention systems on camera.   The Auslan Company: Develop fun and informative Auslan classes at various levels for your work and interest. UK National Deaf Children’s Society’s Look, Smile, Chat campaign. Great resource for understanding of deafness among teenagers.  Raising Children: Comprehensive, practical, expert child health and parenting information and activities covering children aged 0-15 years. Bilby Publishing: Develops and distributes Sign Language and Early Childhood Educational Resources. Australian Baby Hands: Provides fun and easy to use products on how to introduce baby sign language into your home. The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) provides information on accessible telecoms and technology


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