Leaving a Gift in your Will is one way you can help create a future where Deaf and hard of hearing children have every opportunity that their hearing peers do.
Of course, DCA recommends that you consider your loved ones first, but even 1% can make a real difference to the programs and services available to deaf children and their families, without impacting your financial situation today.
Including a gift in your Will is very easy. The next time you are updating or changing your Will, simply ask your solicitor or Trustee Company to insert a few simple words into your new Will. Whatever your circumstances, we recommend you see an independent solicitor, and discuss your intentions with your family and loved ones, before making or revising your Will. If your already have a Will that reflects most of your wishes, your solicitor can even simply draft a Codicil to add your gift in a way that ensures your original Will is not affected.
Your gift can be a specify a specific amount, a percentage of your estate or assets like property of shares. You can even leave a residual or conditional gift, which ensures we only receive your Gift after all your loved ones have been taken care of.
Every Gift in a Will we receive – regardless of size – will help empower future generations of deaf and hard of hearing children and young people.
Get In Touch
Please contact our Fundraising Manager if you are considering a Gift in your Will. Nichole can answer any questions you may have or provide suggested wording that you can share with your solicitor. If you wish to leave property of specific items, it can also be helpful to ensure this can have the impact that you intended.
If you have remembered us in your Will, please also consider letting Nichole know. Of course, you can choose for your gift to remain completely confidential or anonymous. However, we would love the opportunity to thank you for your kindness and keep you updated about the type of impact your gift could have.
DCA's first student, Lucy Lewis
Lucy Lewis Bequest Program
Our Bequest Society was named after young Lucy Lewis who was our first deaf child to be supported by Deaf Children Australia.
Lucy’s parents, Thomas and Sarah, migrated from England to Australia in 1848. No deaf education existed in the colonies at the time, so Lucy’s mother wrote an impassioned plea for education for her deaf daughter which was placed in ‘The Argus’ newspaper.
Our visionary founder and deaf teacher, FJ Rose, responded by setting up a school and our organisation. FJ Rose relied upon the support of generous donors and benefactors just like you to enable Lucy and other young deaf Australians like her to receive an education.
You can help us invest in future generations of children like Lucy, who need our support to ensure they receive the same opportunities as their hearing peers. Even 1% could make an incredible difference to future generations.
When you let us know you’ve included a Gift to Deaf Children Australia in your Will, you’ll automatically become a part of our Lucy Lewis Bequest Society. That means you’ll be invited to events like our Annual Public Meeting, tours of our historic Bluestone and support briefings about new programs.
Make Dreams a Reality
Over the years, generous Gifts in Wills have helped Deaf Children Australia to provide vital support, information and advocacy services to enrich the lives of the group of over 16,000 Australian children and teenagers who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Since 2000, annual distributions from The Nelson & Brook Educational Trusts and The Allen & Cecilia Tye Fund have enabled us to offer our Youth Grants, which support young deaf and hard of hearing people all over Australia to pursue their goals and dreams.
Our youth grants helped enable Young Australian of the Year 2015 and deaf advocate Drisana Levitzke-Gray to develop her leadership skills over several years. Drisana received the Young Australian of the Year award in recognition of her passion and dedication in advocating for the human rights of deaf people, and raising awareness about Auslan (Australian Sign Language).
Drisana returned to DCA to inspire children and their families
Alexandria and her family enjoying DCA’s Family Camp
Please help us break down barriers for deaf and hard of hearing children. Many, like Alexandria, have complex needs and really need our support to reach their full potential.
Alexandria was born deaf and a few years ago, her family were devastated to learn she was also starting to lose her vision. Alexandria was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes deafblindness. She has already had an uphill battle all her life with her deafness, Asperger Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Alexandria’s mum Trina and dad Chris felt alone and overwhelmed. Thankfully, they came to Deaf Children Australia’s Family Camp and realised they don’t have to face this on their own. Trina and Chris shared Alexandria’s story:
“We were told Alexandria’s struggle to see in low light will progressively worsen. Already, she is basically blind at twilight. At some stage, Alexandria will start to lose her colours and then her field of vision will gradually reduce to a narrowing, darkening tunnel. Her deafness will make her vision loss even more challenging, and her vision loss will make it harder to cope with her deafness. At the moment, she can read people’s lips but she will lose that ability as her vision fades.
“The impact from the camp was so huge for us. Meeting other families with deaf children made us realise we are not alone in dealing with these challenges. Reaching out for help has opened up new opportunities and we now have a tremendous amount of support and resources to address both the deafness and blindness. We were frozen by our grief before but now, we feel a huge sense of relief. All these changes are looming for Alexandria – but the future is looking a lot brighter.”