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May 2022
Dear Friends,

I hope you had a great weekend and that this issue of Flying Kites finds you well. The team at Deaf Children Australia would like to send an early Happy Mother's Day to mums around Australia, we hope you have a special day with family and friends on the 8th of May. We can't believe it is that time of the year already. 

We had a big month in April and were thrilled to be able to run events that support and celebrate the awesome people we are here to support. On the 5th of April, we held an Art Event to celebrate the creative talents of young deaf and hard of hearing artists that took part in our first Art Competition.  We live-streamed the event so people across Australia could tune in. More than 400 people engaged and we had approximately 80 people attend the event. Take a look at a selection of photos taken on the night  - Art Competition.

It was such a great success with people from both the deaf and hearing communities attending the event and supporting the amazing 23 artists that took part. We want this art competition to support, promote and nurture young creatives. Our generous and talented judging panel has put their hand up to mentoring artists and we have already started to help the artist learn how to sell their art. The level of support we have received is so exciting for young people exploring their creativity across Australia - this competition is for you.

We're excited to announce we will be launching our next competition on the 12th of May and will introduce a new category for ages 8 to 11, read on to learn more.

We have just launched new Platypus Playhouse resources, two sets of Flashcards - each features Auslan English and Illustrations, plus an activity sheet and Auslan videos to show the family how to sign keywords. We are receiving great feedback. Keep it coming because it helps us develop the range.

We have also opened our Youth Grant program. This is dedicated to giving 15 to 23-year olds access to funds to help them reach their goals, be it purchasing tools for work, study, to play a sport... the options are endless.  This is another way we support young people and help them to reach a goal and explore their potential. 

Through the International Pen Pal project, we have connected deaf and hard of hearing young people with peers in the UK - and the exchange of letters has just commenced. Read on to learn more.

Thank you for your support, and enjoy this edition of Flying Kites.

Best Wishes,


David Wilson
CEO, Deaf Children Australia

News and Updates
 
Platypus Playhouse - Flashcards
Check out the new resources we have just released - Platypus Playhouse Flashcards!  Flashcards are another fun way to build a child's language, featuring a combination of Auslan, English, captivating illustrations, and videos.

The pack comes complete with 42 cards, an activity sheet, a dot to dot, coloring in activity, and videos to show you how to sign all 42 words in the pack. Shop the Flashcards at shop.deafchildrenaustralia.org.au

Our Next Art Competition
We will be launching our next Art Competition on the 12th of May. We are also introducing a new category for ages 8 to 11 years, in addition to our 12-17 and 18-23 age categories. The theme for our next competition will be 'Heroes and Leaders'.

We are excited about the possibilities for the creatives that take part because of the incredible support we have received to date. This is a unique platform to celebrate the perspective of young deaf and hard of hearing people.

Stay updated on our Art Competition by visiting our website, at deafchildrenaustralia.org.au/art-competition
Youth Grants
We are accepting applications for Youth Grants.

Youth Grants are an opportunity for young people to develop their skills, undertake new experiences, and build their self-confidence. If you know a deaf or hard of hearing young person aged between 15 to 23 that is working to reach a goal or undertake a project, let them know about Youth Grants. We have helped hundreds of young people in a wide range of activities and pursuits connected to travel, sport, music, art, theatre, and more.

Find out more at deafchildrenaustralia.org.au/youth-grants
Youth Action Group
Do you know someone who would like to be part of a group of young Deaf and Hard of Hearing people who will let Deaf Children Australia know what they want? 

DCA is looking for Expressions of Interest for our Youth Action Group! As part of our Youth Action Group, young people will gain skills in self-advocacy and leadership - while connecting with likeminded people. They will also be able to guide DCA's services. 

Do you know a Deaf or Hard of Hearing young person aged 12-20 who would want to be a part of our Youth Action Group? Encourage them to contact us by clicking here.

Events and Projects
 
Get Connected – 8 to 11 years
Our Get Connected sessions for 8 to 11 year olds will be returning on the 4th of May. Get Connected is a great chance for young people to meet their peers and learn from our inspiring deaf mentors. Celebrated Deaf artist, Sue Jo Wright, will take part in the 2nd session to share her experiences and career highlights, and to show participants how to get creative.

This is what one parent had to say about Get Connected: 

"It is very beneficial for my son to have access to mentors with a hearing loss as he currently only has peers. Particularly to hear about their experiences and help feel part of the broader deaf community."


 Find out more on our Get Connected event page.
StepUp2HighSchool
Our StepUp2HighSchool workshop will be returning in Jan-Feb 2023. It can help young people prepare for high school life - arming participants with the skills, tools, and confidence to successfully navigate their way through high school. It is great for young people entering or who are already in High School.

Our young deaf and hard of hearing mentors have lived experience and are eager to share their tips and knowledge to help your child enjoy this new exciting chapter in their lives. You can now express your interest for our 2023 StepUp2HighSchool program, find out more today!
Blueprint
All young people should experience the benefits of being a part of a team or group. As part of Blueprint: Lead By Example, we are finding out what local clubs need so they can be more inclusive of deaf and hard of hearing children and young people. We will then create and deliver resources to clubs around Australia.
Help us create truly inclusive communities, where young deaf and hard of hearing people feel welcome and supported and, can share their incredible talent, and perspective.

Let us know if there is a club near you that you think could benefit from Blueprint resources and that might like to complete a quick survey.

Learn more on our website - https://www.deafchildrenaustralia.org.au/blueprint/

Pen Pals
The UK based, National Deaf Children's Society, invited us to be their international partner for this awesome project! There are so many benefits to this project, learning about life in another country, getting kids to express themselves through letter writing, encouraging creativity, connecting with someone from another country, and so much more. We received such a great response to this project. As a result, we will run another Pen Pals Project very soon.

Registrations for this round of the Pen Pals Project have closed, but if you'd still like to get involved in this project - you can sign up for the next round by filling out the form on our Pen Pals page.

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