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August 2021
Dear Friends,

I do hope you are well and coping with all that is happening. We continue to adapt and respond to the ever changing landscape. We remain optimistic we will all be able to gather soon, and for many families and young people, we know the opportunity to safely socialise is so needed. 

In these times, it's important to have something to look forward to. For this reason, the events team has researched a range of activities it would like to run in September, and it has responded to the request for one-day activities. We are offering tennis, a trip to the farm, Luna Park, and a chance to discover Melbourne's iconic wonders. We are remaining optimistic we can all gather. We will adjust dates in line with changing restrictions. 

Refining what we do to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children, youth, and their families across Australia is of key importance. We continue to run our successful online mentoring course, Get Connected. We are working on a schedule for 2022. This has been a unique way for youth to connect with their peers around Australia.

We have recently launched Platypus Playhouse, to meet the demand for bilingual learning resources among families of deaf and hard of hearing children. The innovative range provides play-based learning tools featuring Auslan and English, to help families build their 0 to 4 year old’s language and social skills. Read on to learn more.

We have also launched our inaugural Art Competition to encourage deaf and hard of hearing youth to express themselves through this year's theme - "This is Me". We're so proud to be able to offer this wonderful and unique opportunity to place the spotlight on the incredible talent we know is out there. Thank you to everyone that has been supporting this competition around Australia, this is helping us to reach more young people. We are looking forward to seeing the art that is created. Details are provided below.

We welcome your feedback and ideas to help us deliver what you need, enjoy this edition.

Best Wishes,


David Wilson
CEO, Deaf Children Australia

Events and Activities
 
Get Connected
As part of our online mentoring course, Get Connected - we're offering a fun and engaging way for deaf and hard of hearing youth aged 8 to 11 years to connect with one another.

Building confidence and friendships in a safe and supportive environment, attendees will be working with deaf mentors and develop new skills over the course of four weeks. Find out more about our October Get Connected program today!

 
Tennis with Friends
Deaf Children Australia's Tennis with Friends is a community-focused session for deaf and hard of hearing youth to engage in physical activity with their peers and to make new friends.

Whether you're new to tennis or a master with the racquet, you’ll have fun learning at the Victorian Tennis Academy.


Our Tennis with Friends sessions is open to both 12 to 17 year olds and 18 to 23 year olds. Find out more by following the links!
Escape to the Farm
Escape to the Farm is a fun family excursion to Collingwood Children's Farm where you can connect with other families, share experiences, and make new friends. Your child will delight in meeting the farm animals and enjoying the experience with other deaf and hard of hearing kids.

Participants will have the chance to engage in fun Auslan activities and get to meet baby goats, sheep, horses, and more. 

Find out more on the Escape to the Farm Event page.
Chase the Thrill
Chase the Thrill promises to be a fun-filled afternoon at Melbourne's iconic Luna Park! A great opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing youth aged 12-17yrs to enjoy the rides while connecting with their peers.

Participants will have access to unlimited rides, including the Speedy Beetle, the Powersurge, the Spider, the Enterprise, the Supernova, the Coney Drop and more. With infinite rides, you can have infinite fun!


Find out more on the Chase the Thrill Event page
Walk the Lanes
Walk the Lanes is a great activity for ages 18 - 23, where young people will be able to (re)discover Melbourne as you've never seen it before. Watch the city open up before your eyes, and discover why Melbourne is regarded as the design and sports capital of Australia!

Participants will join a private walking tour of our beautiful city, led by a guide from I'm Free Walking Tours: a fun and vibrant organisation specialised in Melbourne's unique culture and street art. Come along and join in the fun!


Find out more on the  Walk the Lanes Event page
Ready Set Drive
We're excited to announce that after the success of our 2021 Ready Set Drive program, in conjunction with Crude Ultimate Driving Education, we will be launching this opportunity once again in April next year!

The one-day interactive workshop will include theory and practical experience via a simulator and caters to deaf and hard of hearing people at the start of their driving journey. No experience is required, we've got you!

This amazing program is one of the foremost deaf driving workshops in  Australia. Spots are limited, so remember to register your interest on our Ready Set Drive event page and save your place.

News and Updates
 
Express the Possibilities
We're very excited to launch a unique opportunity for young deaf artists to express themselves and have their work critiqued by leading names in art!

Our art competition encourages deaf and hard of hearing young people to explore the theme "This is Me" through visual and digital art. The competition has two age ranges: 12-17 yrs and 18 to 23 yrs. The winner in each category will win $1000, we can't wait to see the incredible entries. Find out more about our Art Competition today!
Youth Grants
Our national Youth Grants program provides opportunities for young people who are deaf or hard of hearing to accomplish whatever they set their mind to! Youth Grants provide young people with a platform to showcase their abilities and achieve their goals.

For Sam, our Youth Grants program will be supporting him as he begins his work experience at Mareeba Airport!

“To become a pilot has been a dream of mine for 17 years. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity for me to experience this time at Mareeba Airport.”


Find out more about our Youth Grants program on our website.
Platypus Playhouse
Our amazing Platypus Playhouse was launched on the 17th of August! 

This innovative range of learning resources helps kids to engage with learning Auslan and English through play! We consulted with the Victorian Deaf Education Institute, Auslan consultant, Chris Dunn, and early learning educators when developing the range.


These learning tools are designed to support both kids and parents as they begin their Auslan journey. Thank you to all who have jumped online and purchased from the range. We look forward to receiving your feedback.

 Discover m
ore about Platypus Playhouse at www.platypusplayhouse.org.au

Sign for Work News
 
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)
Our SLES program is off to a rolling start! We've had early participants signing up under the program, and we're looking to expand the program further - supporting more young people as they take their vital first steps into the workforce.

If you or someone you know is in their final year of school and have SLES in their current NDIS plan, Sign for Work can help with planning and preparing young people for work. 
Find out more about how we can help at Sign for Work!
Meet the team 
Please meet Severine
Severine (or Sev for short) joined our team in February 2021 as our Events and Marketing Coordinator. 

“I thoroughly enjoy the variety in my role. I think what I love most is working from the perspective of what deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and their families need. Then creating the event and seeing it come to life, hoping participants will enjoy it and benefit from it. The other high point of this role is collaborating and learning from my team members as well other people in the organisation.”

Sev was born in France, where she lived and studied before travelling to Ireland, England, and Spain. She moved to Australia in 2008, with various jobs across a broad array of industries – from education to marketing. She also built her own online business in 2016, called French Wizard. How cool is that!
Sev is a huge film buff who likes reading - and loves her chatty cat Elliott! In her spare time, Sev has also begun to learn Krav Maga - a unique form of Martial Arts that she learns for self-defense!
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