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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.

Property Announcement 11 April 2014

Translation of Auslan clip below:

Hello, my name is Cathy Clark.  I am a Director on the Board of Deaf Children Australia.  I also facilitated the community forum regarding the future of DCA and its property.

In this video, I will summarise the main points that were raised at the forum.

“A Visit to Arnhem Land”

Deaf Children Australia has been providing services to families across remote areas of the Northern Territory, Victoria and Queensland since 2013 as part of the VidKids Alliance.  Deaf Children Australia, Vision Australia and First Voice are part of this pilot program delivering education and allied health services to remote families using internet technologies.

Lynnette Rosenberg, who is an Education Advisor – Hearing for the NT Department of Education, reported on the program’s success in supporting indigenous children in the Northern Territory.

Support a Deaf Asylum Seeker Family

A deaf family are currently seeking asylum in Australia and have been detained in an Australian detention centre for a significant amount of time. With no access to sign language interpreters, communication is a significant barrier. They are extremely isolated. They have not had access to an interpreter for any interview or medical appointment which is their human right. *Unfortunately their names or details cannot be shared as it may place their family in their home country at risk.

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