DCA is inviting deaf and hard of hearing youth aged 16-18 years from all of Australia to a free online gathering where you will get the opportunity to connect with your peers. Join us for a casual hangout, take part in activities, learn from our mentors and discuss what being in lockdown and navigating Covid restrictions mean to you. But also feel free to discuss anything you want and meet new friends! This is a FREE event.
Virtual Bubble creates connections for deaf and hard of hearing 16 - 18 year old youth from across Australia. Meet your peers and get a bit of respite during these difficult times.
This one-off session, will welcome participants to talk about their lives, meet new people, discuss what it means to be deaf and hard of hearing in lockdown and in times of Covid restrictions, enjoy activities prepared by our wonderful mentors and have a chat about anything and everything.
Our 2 young and friendly deaf mentors will facilitate the session. 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.
Virtual Bubble takes place via Zoom and runs on AEDT time.
* FREE EVENT *
IMPORTANT: This event has a limited number of spots. If you registered and can no longer attend, please advise us immediately so we can let someone else join.
This one-off online video conferencing chat runs for 1 hour and is led by 2 deaf mentors. Live captions and interpreters are available. The course is offered on a mixed gender basis.
What to bring
A desktop computer or laptop is best for you to interact with the activities. An iPad or phone isn't sufficient.
A second screen is needed if you require live captioning.
You don’t have to prepare anything! You can think about topics of discussions you would like to bring up.
Online on Zoom
You will be emailed the Zoom meeting details a few days before Virtual Bubble.
You will be required to download Zoom to access the room. You can download Zoom here.
What people are saying about our mentors
"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."
Why you'll want to join Virtual Bubble
What you will get out of the session:
- Create connections to other deaf and hard of hearing people / mentors
- Learn from shared experiences
- Get some coping strategies
- Create a virtual social bubble with peers