DCA is offering deaf and hard of hearing children aged 8-11 from across Australia a free opportunity to reach out and connect in this time of extended lockdowns, Covid restrictions and social distancing. Join us for a casual chat, take part in activities, meet our mentors and discuss what being in lockdown means to you and share your experiences. But also feel free to bring up anything you want and make new friends! This is a FREE event.
Virtual Bubble is for deaf and hard of hearing 8 - 11 year old youth from all around Australia. It is a casual get together aiming at creating connections and providing a bit of respite during these difficult times.
Over this unique session, participants will get to discuss their lives, what it means to be deaf and hard of hearing in lockdown, enjoy activities prepared by our wonderful mentors and have a chat about anything they want to discuss.
Our 2 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.
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 50 minutes 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 children will get out of the session:
- Create connections to other deaf and hard of hearing kids/mentors
- Learn from shared experiences
- Get some coping strategies
- Create a virtual social bubble with peers
* FREE EVENT *