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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.

Interpreter Levels the Playing Field for Young Deaf Footballer

Pakenham boy Ryan, a keen footballer, is profoundly deaf and finds communication difficult on the footy field. Deaf Children Australia was proud to provide an interpreter for Ryan's latest match to give pass on his coach's instructions and help him understand his peers, and are now working with the Pakenham Junior Football Club to secure sponsorship so Ryan and other deaf children can have an interpreter at every match.

Spring TFDHIC Barbecue

When: 
14 Sep 2014 - 11:30am - 2:30pm
Where: 
Long Beach (Lighthouse) Playground - Taroona/Sandy Bay

Tasmanian Families of Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children are hosting a Spring BBQ at the Long Beach Playground in Sandy Bay/Taroona. If you are a Tasmanian family with deaf or hard of hearing children, come along and bring some BBQ food to share or, or a ball or Frisbee to start 

Click here to join the Facebook event page or to ask questions about the day.

A Little Bit of Blue - School Tour

Little Winged Puppet Company’s A Little Bit of Blue is a detective story. Something’s gone missing again. It’s nowhere to be found. Mavis is looking everywhere. Every day a new thing seems to disappear. Little things: clothes pegs; a tea cup; a ball of wool. But then the thief takes it one step too far. Mavis calls in a Detective to investigate. A stake out is required. In the dead of night, the Detective indeed finds something peculiar… A glossy bird is sneaking into the house by night to take things!

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