MAY 2018
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Dear Friends
Welcome to the May edition of Flying Kites with some great news for the children, young people and their families who access Deaf Children Australia’s services.
Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Grant
While many individuals are starting to set up their National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plans and access services through the NDIS, it’s important that community service organisations and businesses are able to continue to provide support that benefits everyone who has a disability, including those who aren’t eligible for individual funding.  We are very excited to announce that Deaf Children Australia has been awarded an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building National Readiness Grant as part of the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Need to be Heard is a two year, multifaceted program aiming to address the specific needs of children and young people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The project will pilot a Network Development and Capacity Building Pilot program in Queensland and Victoria which aims to build peer support networks for deaf and hard of hearing children, young people and their families and develop and provide a range of resources addressing their needs.
Funding is also directed towards establishing targeted information services, network development and capacity building for Indigenous families in the Northern Territory.
This initiative will build on the capacity of children and young people to actively engage with and participate in the life of their communities, and be empowered in decisions which affect them. These pilot programs will contribute to refining Deaf Children Australia’s current National Information Service to better enable it to represent different geographic, cultural and language needs. An Auslan version of this announcement will follow shortly.
Youth Grants Closing Tomorrow!
We want to give you a last minute reminder that the 2018 Deaf Children Australia Youth Grants are about to close at 5pm tomorrow, Friday 4 May. If you are a young deaf and hard of hearing person aged 15 - 23, you can apply for a DCA Youth Grant to help you complete a special goal or project. You can apply for up to $2,500 for a project that benefits your community, helps you to reach your potential or inspires others! Go to for more info and the application form. Get in quick so you don’t miss out!
Warmest Regards

Roz Keenan
Chief Executive Officer, DCA


Ace Tennis Club
20 May, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
National Tennis Centre, Melbourne Park, Melbourne
CHARGE Syndrome Conference Australia/NZ
25-27 May 2018
Bayview Eden, 6 Queens Road, Melbourne VIC

2018 Combined Secondary Schools Sports Day
Our Secondary Schools Sports Day is coming up! If you know a deaf or hard of hearing young person attending secondary school who might like to come along, email
Look out for more exciting news about new programs being developed thanks to the NDIS ILC National Readiness Grant!
Family Camp 2018
DCA just held another fantastic family camp at The Summit in Gippsland from 20 – 22 April. There were loads of fun activities, creating opportunities for the children to make new friends, and for the whole family to take some time out. For parents / caregivers, the camp was a great way to connect with other families and share experiences.
DeafNT and DCA Announce Auslan Auskick in the NT
While our Melbourne Auslan Auskick program has already been kicking goals again this season, DeafNT is about to launch Auslan Auskick  in the Northern Territory for the first time with the generous support of the City of Darwin and AFLNT. Hope you can join us if you live in Melbourne or the Northern Territory - whether Auslan is your first language or you want to strengthen your Auslan and footy skills!

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Work At DCA - Positions Available!
DCA is currently seeking Youth Support Workers and a Part Time Psychologist to join our team.
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Young Deaf Actress Millicent Simmonds in Teen Vogue
A Quiet Place is a new feature film taking the world by storm. The main actress, 15 year old Millicent Simmonds, is Deaf, from a Deaf family and has seized the opportunity to champion signed languages and show that deaf people can do anything they want to!

Melbourne City Young Leaders Program - Sam's Experience
17 year old football fan Sam attended the Melbourne City Young Leaders Week as part of the 2018 DCA Summer Holiday Program.
Wisewould Mahony Raises Funds For DCA at Golf Day
Thanks to Wisewould Mahony Lawyers who did a great job raising $1,200 for DCA at their recent client Golf Day. If your organisation would like to run a rewarding fundraising activity for Deaf Children Australia, please get in touch! 
ABC ME Featuring Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in 'Meet Me'
It was great to work with ABC ME who wanted to feature deaf and hard of hearing children in their Meet Me episodes to increase the diversity of the children they represented.
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