MARCH 2018
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Dear Friends,

The Board of DCA and I take great pleasure in presenting our March edition of Flying Kites for 2018. It is hard to believe we are already well in to March and fast heading to the end of the first school term here in Victoria.

February 25th saw the start of Hearing Awareness Week 2018, with World Hearing Day on Saturday 3 March. We marked this week by engaging in many different activities. One in particular was shared by the Yellow Wiggle – Emma, who shared our Facebook post with our Auslan alphabet posters. This post went viral. You can print these posters yourself and share them with your friends and family. Thanks Emma for getting on board.

Many exciting things are happening in the area of supported employment. We have successfully secured 5 year contracts for our existing Employment services in Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as a contract to expand into the Gold Coast. This allows for employment supports for hearing clients and specific deaf and hard of hearing supports, as well as School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES) through the NDIS.

We are now launching this year’s Youth Grant Application round. These Grants are aimed at deaf and hard of hearing youth aged 15 – 23 years Australia wide to support them to achieve their dreams. Whether it be a personal goal or group project, these can be in the areas of Personal Development, Deaf Community and Culture, Leadership, Education or Life Experience.

As it is our mission here at DCA to inspire and empower deaf and hard of hearing children and young people to reach their full potential, we applaud the Victorian Andrews Government’s commitment expressed in the State Disability Plan 2018-2020 ‘Every Opportunity’. We acknowledge their foresight and determination to increase the social and economic inclusion of Victorians who face a range of barriers on their journey to employment. And we hope other states and territories follow their lead.

On 4 March, we farewelled a dear teacher and advocate for deaf education in a memorial hosted in the Bluestone building at St Kilda. Thelma Spicer passed in late 2017 at the age of 101. She was instrumental in the education of deaf children in the 1940’s. She taught for over 42 years, retiring in 1976.

There are many more wonderful stories for you in this newsletter, and for more about what’s happening at Deaf Children Australia please take the time to read this edition.
Warmest Regards

Roz Keenan
Chief Executive Officer, DCA


Autumn School Holiday Program
DCA has a range of activities available these holidays for all ages, including Auslan interpreted theatre, sports days, circus class and more! Book now online to secure your places! 

2018 Family Camp
Friday 20 April - Sunday 22 April
The Summit, Trafalgar East, Victoria
DCA Auslan Alphabet Posters Now Available!
In celebration of Hearing Awareness Week, DCA has released downloadable Auslan Alphabet posters! 
Youth Grants 2018 Now Open!
2018 Youth Grants are now open for applications until 4 May. DCA encourages you to dream big and reach for your potential!
Thelma Spicer Memorial
On Sunday 4 March, almost 100 past students gathered at the Bluestone to remember beloved teacher Thelma Spicer.
Read more >> 
DCA Embraces New State Disability Plan 'Every Opportunity'
Deaf Children Australia applauds the Andrews’ Government’s commitment expressed through ‘Every Opportunity – Victorian economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-2020’.
Read the statement >>
Family Camp 2018 - Register Now!
After a hugely successful Family Camp in October 2017, we are delighted to be offering another camp for families this April! 
Sign For Work Expands Services
Deaf Children Australia has had an exciting month with the news that Sign for Work has received Disability Employment Services (DES) funding for another five years, and were also successful in their bid to open a new office in Southport on the Gold Coast!
Autumn Appeal - Amaya: "I feel at home"
Amaya’s family have gone to extraordinary lengths to find the right supports so Amaya can reach her potential. In the last five years, they have moved four times between four different states and territories to access the supports that they feel best address Amaya’s needs.
Auslan Auskick 2018 - Making Footy Fun & Accessible
Registrations for Auslan Auskick are now open! The Auslan Auskick program allows young footy players to access total communication support on the field through Auslan interpreters, allowing them to do their best on the field.
Learn more >> 
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