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February 2021
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Dear Friends,

We hope this finds you well and connected with family and friends. The team at Deaf Children Australia continues to adapt our activities, programs, services, and the way we work to make sure we are delivering support for our valued participants. 

Online programs and services
We continue to expand our range of online activities, for example, launching Get Connected for ages 8 - 11 in May. We continue to offer Auslan Online tutoring for individuals, families, and organisations, together with our Parent Mentor Program.

Safely delivering our services has been of the utmost importance, and though the world is rapidly changing, our team is dedicated to ensuring we offer the services to best support you.

Family Camp and Youth Camp - Victoria

We are excited to be able to run our Family Camp, this much-loved event is happening in May. We will also launch our Youth Camp (12-18 yrs) during the September school holidays. Details will be available soon. In the meantime, you can register your interest on our website - Youth Camp

We are exploring opportunities to run camps interstate. Stay in touch to learn more in the coming weeks.

We have a great many new programs and resources to launch over the next couple of months, including an online store. One of the first ranges to be released is Platypus Playhouse (0 to 8yrs). It will include a range of resources to build a deaf/HoH child's communication skills through play. More on this in the coming weeks. 

Because we have so much news to release we will change Flying Kites to a bi-monthly release.

We hope you enjoy this edition.


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Events and Activities
 
Ready Set Drive
Are you ready for the road? We have partnered with CRUDE Ultimate Driving Education to create Ready Set Drive: a one-day driver training program for deaf and hard of hearing people wanting to start or develop their knowledge on driving a vehicle, understanding basic car maintenance, road rules, and more.

Ready Set Drive is taking place on April 7. Learn more and register at Ready Set Drive.

 

Paddock To Plate - the ultimate foodies tour
Are you interested in eating good food and discovering more about Melbourne? Paddock to Plate takes a look behind the scenes of one of Melbourne's liveliest markets. You'll learn about the multicultural influences that shape Melbourne's food culture, and get to tase some of the delicious produce!

Paddock to Plate aims to help young deaf and hard of hearing secondary school students, aged 12 - 16, to learn about the traders' lives and their experiences running a small business. The tour will take place Apri 5, from 10 am - 12 noon. Learn more and register at Paddock to Plate.

Get Connected - 8 to 11 years
This online mentoring course provides a fun and engaging way for deaf and hard of hearing children aged 8 to 11 years to build social connections and confidence in a safe and supportive environment. Over 4 weeks, attendees will make new friends, develop new skills, and feel inspired by our deaf mentors. Get Connected begins 5 May. Learn more and register at Get Connected. 
 
Family Camp - Victoria

We will be holding our Family Camp on 15 and 16 of May at Summit Adventure Park, so it'll be a fun-filled couple of days. The camp is a great way to meet a welcoming community and learn more about what it means to have a deaf or hard of hearing child. The kids get to meet and play with kids just like them, which helps build confidence, and parents and siblings get a lot out of it too. Learn more and register on our website - Family Camp 

Autumn Appeal to launch 8 March
Our national Youth Grants program provides opportunities to young people who are deaf or hard of hearing to accomplish whatever they set their mind to. With your support, we can ensure they have a platform to showcase their abilities and achieve their goals.
For Christine, her 2020 Youth Grant is helping her to represent Australia in the 2022 World Deaf Golf Championships.  Ways to donate are available on our website.
Tye Recreation Fund
The Tye Recreation Fund can provide financial assistance toward the cost of recreational activities for deaf and blind Victorians. If you've ever wanted to try something new, or do something amazing, the Tye Recreation Fund may be able to help you on your way. Learn more and apply on our website - Scholarships and Grants   
Flying Colours
We are developing a website called Flying Colours, to help families with a deaf or hard of hearing child. Launching in June, it will deliver information, tailored resources, research, engaging kids activities, an interactive map to connect you with support services, ways to meet other families, mentors and more. 
We are currently asking families, carers, and Allied Health Professionals to complete the Flying Colours Survey. Sharing your experiences will help us deliver what families need. Learn more and access the survey on our website - Flying Colours

 
Sign For Work
Sign For Work is a Disability Employment Service we run in Victoria and Queensland. The team provides a personalised service for deaf and hard of hearing people, and to people with a disability, helping them to get career-ready, and to build careers. 

"Sign for Work helped me land my dream job at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. I never imagined it would be possible. Sign for Work treated me like a person," Jessica. 
Find out more at  Sign for Work

Youth Grants
 
Launching 2021 Youth Grants

Applications open on 12 April for the 2021 Youth Grant program. The grants help 15-23 year old deaf and hard of hearing youth reach their goals, offering grants of up to $2500. Youth Grants has supported dynamic individuals and groups for more than 20 years.
We look forward to learning about the goals you'd like to achieve with your project. Past winners are also welcome to take part but, with a new project. Learn more on our website - Youth Grants

Meet the team 
Please meet Lauren

Lauren is one of our terrific Auslan tutors. She loves helping families and individuals learn Auslan to build stronger connections within families and throughout the broader community for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth.  When she is not tutoring, Lauren loves mountain bike riding.
In 2012 when Lauren was in high school, she applied for a Youth Grant and was successful. Together with three other students, she used the grant to create a great short film, called “Deaf not different”. Do take a look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONuzBoESYfk 

"I strongly encourage deaf and hard of hearing youth to apply for a Youth Grant as it can open doors." Lauren

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