DCA's online mentoring course provides a fun and engaging way for deaf and hard of hearing students aged 8 to 11 years to build social connections and confidence in a safe and supportive environment. Over 4 weeks, attendees will make new friends, develop new skills, and feel inspired by our deaf mentors. The next Get Connected 8-11 starts Wednesday 4th May. Registrations are open now!
"It is very beneficial for my son to have access to mentors with a hearing loss as he currently only has peers. Particularly to hear about their experiences and help feel part of the broader deaf community."
Get Connected, DCA’s online mentor course is for deaf and hard of hearing 8 - 11 year old youth. It is a fun and engaging way for attendees to build social connections and confidence in a safe and supportive environment.
Over the course of the 4 week program, attendees will gain access to the (deaf) community. They’ll develop skills in listening to other people’s stories, learn to speak up, develop confidence, build lasting friendships with peers, and create stronger connections to the Deaf community.
Get Connected is led by 2 deaf mentors. They have lived experience and are passionate about supporting young people, to help them build self-esteem and to reach their goals.
A bilingual environment of Auslan and spoken English is offered to support all forms of communication. An Auslan interpreter will be present. Live captions are available when required.
Get Connected takes place via Zoom and runs on AEST time.
Why you'll want to Get Connected
What children will learn:
- How to recognise similarities and differences in experiences from other deaf and HoH kids/mentors
- How to communicate your experiences with other kids who are hard of hearing/deaf
- How to be confident and work towards and achieve your goals
- How to access deaf friendly events and activities online
- How to stay connected with their Get Connected friends
Learn more about why we are running Get Connected and how is meeting a need among young people:
The 4 week online Zoom course runs on a weekly basis for 60 minutes over 4 consecutive weeks.
Week 1: Get connected to your mentors and new friends - Wednesday 4th May 2022
This first session will be an introduction to the course, the mentors and the other children taking part. It includes fun ice breaker activities to get to know the other children and learn more about the Deaf community.
Week 2: Get connected to the Deaf community - Wednesday 11th May 2022
In this session children will learn more about the Deaf community and what is available such as events, camps, sport clubs, support etc. children will talk with the mentors and the other attendees about how to gain access to the Deaf community, and they’ll be inspired by stories and videos from other deaf and hard or hearing people. At the end of the session there'll be a fun trivia quiz.
Week 3: Get connected to your own deaf identity - Wednesday 18th May 2022
In the third session, the mentors will facilitate guided conversations about what does being deaf/HoH mean to your child? They will provide opportunities for attendees to talk about their experience, and as a group, they'll identify positive and the challenges of being deaf/HoH. Attendees will learn to recognise the differences and similarities in people's experiences. The session will end with a fun mystery game.
Week 4: Get connected to the community around you - Wednesday 25th May 2022
In the final session children will learn to identify their needs to make the community around them more accessible. They'll start to gain more confidence and learn how to stand up for themselves. Lastly, we'll come up with ideas for attendees to stay connected with each other and the Deaf community.
What to bring
A desktop computer or laptop is required - it allows children to interact.
An iPad or phone isn't sufficient.
We will email handouts before each session.
Online in Zoom
Upon registration you'll receive Zoom session details.
You'll need to download Zoom to access the session. You can download Zoom here.
Will be available to those who require them. The link will be emailed to you beforehand.
What people are saying about Get Connected
"The mentors were great. Good to see friendly role models, especially for children in regional centres who don't meet many!"
"The mentors were very caring and respectful to all children's needs. Great layout with the speaking mentors and signing mentors."
$480.00 - (GST free) per person - through your NDIS Plan
$528.00 - (GST incl) per person - without a NDIS plan
4 sessions x 60 minute program
Credit card online when registering
Pay EFT off the invoice which will be emailed to the order contact
We have many participants who are self or plan-managed under NDIS who use their funds to cover the cost of online mentoring. Please note we do not provide specific line numbers. Most participants will use core funding as it is most flexible. Get Connected could also be covered by Capacity building under Increased Social and Civic Participation. We will invoice you for the 4 sessions.
If you are NDIA managed please send a copy of your NDIS plan to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Terms and conditions
The full amount is payable upfront and due within 14 days of registering. The course is designed to ensure that if you miss one session, this will not have an impact on following sessions. We are unable to offer a discount on any missed lessons.
Registrations close 1 week before Get Connected starts or when sold out.
Stay Connected is for everyone who has done an 8 - 11 yrs Get Connected. Stay Connected is held every few months to catch up and reconnect with your Get Connected course mates. You'll also build on what you have learned and connect with your friends again! Our passionate mentors, Ellis, Victor, and Tayla will return to inspire you. Auslan and spoken English are available to help you, as well as live captions if required.
For any course or online registration questions email Events at email@example.com
For any NDIS questions email Referral at firstname.lastname@example.org
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