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AUGUST 2022
Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well.

In this edition, you will learn about the programs and services we are delivering and developing to connect families across Australia, to create inclusive communities so young deaf and hard of hearing people feel welcome and supported, and how we are engaging young people to drive change so we deliver what they need to live independent lives. 

We have launched round two of the Pen Pals project, this has been a joy to deliver with our UK partner. It is connecting young people with a pen pal in the UK, the first round has resulted in people staying connected, which is terrific. We are currently witnessing a flurry of letters, as new friendships are formed.  

We are super excited to offer videos featuring the complete Auslan translation for each of our Platypus Playhouse Storybooks for free because of the generosity of the Brian M David Foundation, Collier Charitable Trust, and the William Angliss Charitable Fund - thank you all! Begin learning Auslan as a family to support your deaf and hard of hearing child. With National Week of Deaf People happening in September, why not feature a video or two at a library, playgroup, or family event, Auslan is for everyone. Learn and have fun along the way with our with cheeky platypuses and their besties - Platypus Playhouse videos.

We have a fantastic new Platypus Playhouse storybook launching today, Good Morning Annie. Annie finds ways to make completing tasks in the morning fun, which we hope will make mornings a less stressful affair for families!  

Creating inclusive communities, helping to connect families and young people, as well as providing support so people can live independent lives, drives and inspires us. We are currently collaborating with some dynamic individuals and experts as we find new and exciting ways to deliver the programs, resources, and services we know are needed because we consult with the people we are here to support. Your insights and experiences matter, continue to share them with us. 
Enjoy this edition of Flying Kites.

Best Wishes,


David Wilson
CEO, Deaf Children Australia

News and Updates
 
Connecting Families  
Families want to connect with other families with deaf and hard of hearing families. The Flying Colours survey demonstrated this, and we are starting to receive more requests from families wanting to know how they can meet families living in their area.

We would like to help facilitate these connections. Let us know if you want to meet up with families near you and let us know where you are based, and we’ll start connecting families across Australia. Email communications@deafchildren.org.au with the Subject – Connecting Families.
Flying Colours
Families like to learn from the experiences of other families with a deaf or hard of hearing child. Our Flying Colours web resource features videos of families sharing their personal stories. This window into the lives of families, reassures other families, they can see they are not alone in this unique journey with their child.  At Flying Colours, you will also find a service directory, readable research, and a wealth of resources to support you on this unique journey - flyingcolours.org.au
Platypus Playhouse - Good Morning Annie!
A new storybook has arrived at Platypus Playhouse, Good Morning Annie. Follow Annie as she starts her day, turning each task into a fun game to help her get ready for the adventures that lie ahead. The activities may inspire a routine at your home.

All our storybooks are supported with Auslan videos, a full translation of the book, and key signs. Shop the range at shop.deafchildrenaustralia.org.au!

 
Swimming Survey  
Learning to swim is vital for kids, but many parents have told us it is difficult to access local swimming lessons that support their child's communication needs. We are inviting you to share your story and tell us about your experience with our survey. 

When you take part in the survey you are helping us to make swimming more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing children across Australia. Swim Survey.
DCA Plus
We are excited to announce Deaf Children Australia has launched DCA Plus to offer more choice, support, and access to families and individuals when it comes to making the most of their NDIS Plan. DCA has moved all services to DCA Plus, with its combined experience of our existing DCA team and our incoming DCA Plus team. This means DCA Plus can deliver a broader range of skills, knowledge, language support, and exceptional level of support to DCA's existing clients and new participants.

DCA Plus supports people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or that have a disability; helping them to reach their goals and to make the most of their NDIS Plan. Find out about the range of services the specialist team can help you with at https://www.dcaplus.org.au/
Thank you Grill'd
If you’re in Brisbane, for the month of September you can buy a burger at Grill’d Toowong and pop a token in Deaf Children Australia’s jar to help us raise funds for our Queensland Family camp. The charity that receives the most tokens will receive $300, while the others receive $100. Yum, help spread the word! To find out how to run a fundraiser in your community, school, club, and more, check out some ideas on our website - Fundraise for us.
Heroes and Leaders Art Competition
DCA's 2022 Art Competition is now open - with the theme "Heroes and Leaders".

We are accepting submissions across three age categories; 8 to 11 (new category), 12 to 17, and 18 to 23 years. Entries close on the 23rd of January, 2023. Stay updated on our Art Competition by clicking here!
Youth Action Group
We are seeking Expressions of Interest for our Youth Action Group (YAG)! Do you know a deaf or hard of hearing young person, aged 12-23, who would like to advocate for what young people want? Basically, YAG will tell Deaf Children Australia what to do :-)

This group will meet to discuss the events, activities, and programs they and their peers around Australia need at different stages of their life.  We will take this feedback and work in partnership with the group to bring their ideas to life. FInd out more on our website - Youth Action Group.

Events and Projects
 
Deaf Festival
Our Sign for Work team in Queensland is excited to be taking part in the DCCQ's Deaf Festival in Queensland! The festival will take place on the 17-18 of September 2022 and attracts people from around Australia. It is a great opportunity to meet the Sign for Work team, who deliver amazing support to help deaf and hard of hearing people find work and stay employed.  Be sure to seek them out if you are going, they would love to see you and can help you achieve your career goals. The event takes place just before the National Week of Deaf People, so they have some goodies to share to celebrate. Learn more about signforwork.org.au 
Pen Pals
The second round of our Pen Pals Project has commenced. Thank you to everyone taking part.
 
Projects like this create new experiences for young people, as highlighted by one parent: "Not only did [my child] enjoy meeting a friend who is deaf, it was a great way to improve his communication skills and storytelling skills. He enjoyed reading his pen pal letter each time." 

While applications for our second round have closed, register your interest to be a part of potential future rounds - visit deafchildrenaustralia.org.au/pen-pals/ 
 
Blueprint
As part of our Blueprint project, we are finding out what local clubs need to help create more inclusive environments for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people. We will then create and deliver resources to support building inclusion. Is there a club near you that could benefit from deaf-friendly resources? We'd love them to complete our survey!

You can find out more about Blueprint and access the survey on our website, at
deafchildrenaustralia.org.au/blueprint.

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