In a world where communication forms the bedrock of human connection, imagine the isolation young deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children and young people can experience. Ninety per cent of DHH children have hearing parents, which can make it challenging for their families to understand their experience. In addition, they can often be the only deaf or hard of hearing child in a school, at a local club, or in their local community.
Deaf Children Australia (DCA) has provided support for many deaf and hard of hearing children and their families for over 160 years. We work hard to always remain a valuable platform that advocates for the rights and development of these young people.
Overview of Deaf Children Australia
Deaf Children Australia traces its origins back to 1862, making us one of the oldest charitable organisations in the country. DCA’s mission is to provide information, resources, and support to deaf and hard of hearing children and their families, ensuring they have the same opportunities as everyone else. Our values of inclusivity, empowerment, respect, innovation, and collaboration help us achieve this mission.
DCA offers a diverse range of programs, resources and events to connect families and young people to their peers. We’re driven to create opportunities for young people to build their life skills, help families build language for their child, and deliver programs that help local clubs support the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing children.
Our focus is to ensure deaf and hard of hearing children and young people fully participate in society and reach their full potential with the right support.
Advocating for Inclusivity and Change
One of DCA’s main focuses is to foster an inclusive environment for deaf and hard of hearing children in education. We do this through resources for creating inclusive classrooms, such as teacher training, educational materials, and technological support. This is essential in ensuring that these children can learn alongside their hearing peers.
Additionally, we recognise that transitioning into adulthood can be challenging for deaf and hard of hearing young people. We offer support in building life skills, provide career guidance and establish connections to employment opportunities, making the transition smoother and more empowering.
Support and Community for Families
Family support is indispensable in the lives of deaf and hard of hearing children. The understanding and encouragement from family members can significantly impact a child’s development and well-being. Through initiatives like our Parent Mentor Program, Family Camps, the Flying Colours website, and POD networks, we aim to empower families with the knowledge and skills to support their deaf or hard of hearing child effectively. What’s more, we provide a community for families to connect and share their experiences.
Deaf Children Australia has been committed to supporting deaf and hard of hearing children and their families for over a century. Through our array of research-based programs and resources, we play a critical role in ensuring these children are not marginalised but rather empowered to be resilient. The organisation is committed to inclusivity and breaking down barriers for deaf and hard of hearing young people and their families.
To learn more about DCA and the services we offer, visit us today!