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Consultation with Stakeholders

You may be aware that Deaf Children Australia recently appointed Ernst and Young to undertake a review of our present and future office and program support requirements.  The review, which is due to be tabled to the Board in late March, will involve extensive consultation with all key stakeholders including the Board itself, staff, other organisations including the Victorian College for the Deaf, members of DCA and the deaf community.

National Relay Service

The National Relay Service has begun three new phone services for deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired Australians:

Expressions of Interest - Expert Reference Group

Deaf Children Australia is pleased to invite Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced members of the community to join an Expert Reference Group. This group is being convened to assist us with the design development and implementation of a proposed IT training program to be delivered in Auslan.

Monash University Xbox Kinect Auslan Project

Deaf Children Australia is partnering with Monash University and Vicdeaf on a project to investigate the capacity for the Xbox Kinect to become a tool for learning Auslan.  A previous article outlined the beginnings of this project.  Since then, the team has met several times to work through the enormous challenge of writing the programming code to enable the Kinect to recognise the intricacies of Auslan.

Early language development of deaf children

Deaf Children Australia is an industry partner on an exciting study into the early language development of children with cochlear implants, and the factors which influence the outcomes.

This study, led by La Trobe University, will track the progress of infants with a diagnosis of severe to profound hearing loss, gathering data on how their communication environment and other factors influence their language development.

Dane Certificate - Deaf Friendly Magic Show

When: 
19 Oct 2014 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: 
Dane Certificate’s Magic Theatre, 859a Sydney Rd, Brunswick Vic

Dane Certificate is a Magician with a little theatre down a magical lane in Brunswick, specialising in unusual illusions, card tricks and visually exciting projections and escapes. Dane has put together a Magic show specifically for deaf people which will be showcased as part of this year’s (NWDP) National Week of Deaf People to celebrate and to make the public aware of their deaf community. Dane is doing two shows, one for children and one for adults:

Magic Show for Deaf Children
Sunday 19 October
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
859A Sydney Road, Brunswick

Scratch 'n' Sniff Holiday Program

When: 
25 Sep 2014 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Where: 
St Martins Youth Arts Centre, 28 St Martins Lane, South Yarra

Scratch ‘n’ Sniff is innovative, youth led theatre making for young deaf and hard of hearing aged from 12-16.

Run by St. Martins Youth Arts Centre, it is an integrated program for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing young people. This program is inclusive for all young people but is designed with deaf young people’s needs at its core.

Jersey Boys Movie - Open Captioned

When: 
5 Oct 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: 
Village Cinemas Jam Factory - 500 Chapel St, South Yarra

The John Pierce Centre are holding a private screening of Jersey Boys to help raise money to continue their important work. The session will be held at the Jam Factory in Prahran and will be $25 per ticket including a drink and popcorn. There will also be a lucky seat prize! Parking is available onsite or the area is very accessible by public transport (train, tram and bus).

All bookings must be made by September 26 and seats are limited, so book fast! 

To book: 

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