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September 2020
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Dear Friends,

The team at Deaf Children Australia hope you are happy, safe, and have a strong network of family and friends to ensure you are supported through what has been a challenging year.

We needed to remodel the activities, programs, and services we deliver to continue to help participants. We have developed and delivered a host of online programs and services to maintain support, inspire and engage children, young people, and their families.

Get Connected, for ages 12-15 years, is a great example of this. The course was launched in July and we are thrilled with the response and feedback received. We'll be delivering more Get Connected programs - read on to find out more.


The course and the experience of one of the inspiring participants, Riley Gurry, caught the attention of The Age and other media outlets across the country. A huge thank you goes to Riley and his family, learn about his superpower.


On Sunday we launched the Hello, my name is campaign to raise awareness about Auslan and the people that use it. Now more than ever is a time to build inclusive communities and to help break down communication barriers. The campaign is open to everyone to take part. We are delighted with the response we are receiving from young deaf people, politicians, celebrities, and the broader community.

Read on to learn of the many new programs and events we're running in the coming months and into 2021. We hope to be able to return to face to face events from early 2021.

Feedback
We are keen to deliver the news and information you need and welcome your ongoing feedback,  Enjoy this edition.

Events and Activities
 
Get Connected

Get Connected was successfully launched in July. Consequently, we are repeating the online course starting 15 October, from 5.00 - 6.30pm for four consecutive weeks. Get Connected helps young people aged 12 - 15 years build confidence, social connections, and provides access to the deaf community. It all takes place in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Our inspiring mentors Victor Belousov and Tayla Percy run the course: "The mentors were amazing, they listened, and knew what it is like in a deaf world'. Learn more and register at Get Connected.

Spring Appeal 

All donations make a significant contribution to the lives of deaf and hard of hearing children, young people, and their families. It allows us to run services like the Parent Mentor Program. Find out how it helped the Hartig family. “Stacey helped us find all the services we needed to get going. Because she has firsthand experience of raising a child who is hard of hearing, she pulls everything together in a way only someone who has lived through it can. It made a lot of diverse information accessible to us." Learn more

Hello, my name is ...

The 'Hello, my name is...' campaign is celebrating Auslan, (Australian Sign Language), during National Week of Deaf People, 19 – 25 September. 

​Australians of all ages are participating in the campaign by learning how to sign ‘Hello, my name is’ and their name in Auslan. It is a simple, but powerful way to raise awareness about this beautiful language and those who use it. We are receiving inspiring videos from young deaf people through to politicians and media identities. All are sharing their 'Hello' videos throughout the week. Find out how to get involved Hello,my name is 

Ready Set Drive

Ready Set Drive is a one-day holistic, advanced driver training program for deaf and hard of hearing people wanting to build their knowledge on driving a vehicle, understanding basic car maintenance, road rules, and more. It will take place at DCA on 7 April, 2021. Register now!.

Paddock to Plate - a tour of Queen Vic Market

Paddock to Plate is taking place on 15 April from 10.30 - 12noon, 2021. Go behind the scenes and learn about the food, multicultural influences, and the unique history of the QV Market. The face to face tour is for 12-16-year-olds who are deaf and hard of hearing, or join us for the online tour.  Learn more and register here for Paddock to Plate.

Flying Colours
We are developing a website called Flying Colours for families with a deaf or hard of hearing child. It will feature information, research, plus engaging activities and resources to assist families as they navigate their days. To help us with this, we’d greatly appreciate your feedback. We will send you an email mid-October with a link to a multichoice survey. Your responses will help guide what goes on the site. 

We will ask things like what's important to you, what you wish you had known, and what information gaps are missing. We hope you can take part, and we thank you in advance.
Family Camp and Youth Camp

The Family Camp and the Youth Camp will both be held in 2021. We will advise on dates as soon as we are able. We'll provide updates on our website and you can also register your interest for the Family Camp and the Youth Camp.

POD Support Network
POD Support Network online events continue to be a great opportunity to connect, share experiences, and have fun. Follow us on Facebook to know when the next Mums' Catch Up, Dads' Group, Kids' Catch Up and Parents' Evening is taking place.
Cottage to Castle

This special online event commemorates 100 years since the passing of F J Rose - the pioneering founder of DCA and advocate for deaf children's welfare and education. This unique streamed event will be held on Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 10.30am. Special guests include HE the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, past and present DCA residents, and inspirational deaf and hard of hearing people. Email events@deafchildren.org.au for more information.

Deaf Children Australia AGM

This year's AGM will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday 10 November at 5:30 pm. We will be launching the Impact Report, revealing an exciting new project, and be joined by a special guest. Keep watch on the DCA events page as details will be released in the coming weeks. Alternatively, email events@deafchildren.org.au for more information.


Youth Grants
 
Youth Grant success stories

We received applications from across Australia for our 2020 Youth Grants. The projects presented illustrate a drive and commitment to making a difference in the community. We will introduce you to this year's winners and the different projects each is embarking on in the coming months across our social channels. Because of COVID, there will be delays in the completion of projects. Read about past winners.

Meet the team 
Tayla Percy has been working at DCA as a Youth Support Worker since April 2020.  A large part of the role is assisting young people to build confidence, identity, and to be empowered to reach their goals and manage challenges. Tayla enjoys everything about the role including getting to know all the different clients and their diverse needs while sharing her experience and providing support. Tayla says 'it’s a very rewarding job, seeing clients meet their goals, achieving their dreams, and doing their best.' Tayla was one of the inspiring mentors that contributed to the success of Get Connected.

Follow Tayla's blog on Facebook.
Lynda Bergstrom is one of the great team members from Sign for Work, she specialises in helping deaf and hard of hearing people get work-ready, find work, as well as access the right supports to make a workplace more inclusive. It is a free service and helps organise anything a participant might need."I seem to have a knack and a passion for helping deaf people and getting them work. I love seeing them succeed. I think this is something I was meant to do as I was always helping friends get jobs before I entered the industry."

Her commitment, drive, and clear vision saw her open a Sign for Work Gold Coast office and secure a 5-star rating, amazing achievement. 


Sign for Work is a Disability Employment Service provider for people with a health condition, injury, or disability. It provides Specialist Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services: Find out more.​​
 
Nita has worked for Deaf Children Australia for 17 years as a valued member of the Fundraising Team. Although Nita could have retired many years ago, she loves working at DCA and we love having her in the team.

Nita especially enjoys talking to our dedicated group of donors about the positive impact their donation have on deaf and hard of hearing young people. We congratulate Nita on her impressive milestone and thank her for her dedication to our mission and our wonderfull donors. You are a joy to be around Nita.
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