News update – 10 July 2020
Deaf Children Australia would like to share the news that Deaf Services and the Deaf Society will be providing services to support deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing in the Northern Territory. This is terrific news for Territorians.
DCA has been in discussions with NGOs and NT Government to work toward a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community in the NT. This has resulted in Deaf Services and the Deaf Society taking on the office lease from DeafNT.
“Deaf Services and the Deaf Society has been collaborating with Deaf Children Australia as we establish our physical presence in the Northern Territory and will continue to do so as we come to understand the needs of the local community. We look forward to working further with DCA and the community to ensure no Deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing Territorians are left behind.” – Brett Casey, CEO Deaf Services and the Deaf Society.
“We are delighted with the outcome for Territorians and Deaf Services and the Deaf Society. We believe partnering with other NGO’s will extend the service offer and reach across the NT, and it will offer more sustainable solutions. We look forward to further collaboration with Deaf Services and the Deaf Society, together with other NGOs.” – David Wilson, CEO Deaf Children Australia.
We will continue to work on delivering services to support our mission to help deaf and hard of hearing children, young people and their families across Australia. We will continue to keep you updated.
We encourage you to follow @DeafServices on Facebook. Learn more about Deaf Services announcement on its website.
The CEO of Deaf Children Australia, David Wilson, would like to provide an update on the closure of the DeafNT office on 30 June 2020.
A transcript of the video is available to download.
To follow are some organisations to support you on your learning Auslan journey.
Online Auslan tuition services from interstate service providers:
- Deaf Children Australia (Melbourne) – https://www.deafchildrenaustralia.org.au/auslan
- Deaf Services (Brisbane) – https://www.deafservices.org.au/services/Education/Auslan-for-families
- myAuslan (Sydney) – https://www.facebook.com/myauslan
- Auslan Consultancy (Melbourne) – https://auslanconsultancy.com/
- Deaf Can Do (Adelaide) – https://www.deafcando.com.au/learn-auslan/
Face to face and online Auslan tuition with local based independent Auslan tutors in Darwin
Since 2012, Deaf Children Australia (DCA) has run DeafNT, supporting the Deaf and hard of hearing community in the Northern Territory.
DCA has now made the very hard decision to close the Darwin office at 5pm on 30 June 2020. We are very sorry to have to do this, it is not an easy decision to make.
Why DeafNT is closing
The decision has been one of ongoing financial viability about maintaining office resources and staffing. However, we will be offering services in the NT remotely which will be announced in the coming months.
If you wish to remain with our services, stay in touch, we look forward to assisting you.
What we ‘ll do to help you
We understand this news will disappoint many people. We will work with our clients to make sure they know which services in the NT can assist with their individual needs.
This will take place through one on one sessions. Our DeafNT coordinator will arrange a meeting with each client.
We will do the best we can to help clients find the services to suit their individual needs.
Thank you to all our clients, past and present, our former and current Coordinator, and our former staff and volunteers for their hard work in delivering outcomes to communities in the NT.
We’d also like to thank all our funders over the years, particularly the NT Government and the NDIA, for their support.
Deaf Children Australia would like to wish everyone it has supported and worked with over the past 8 years, all the very best for the future.
Who you can contact
Please contact us if you are unsure about where to seek support, or to ask questions.
You can contact the Deaf NT coordinator via:
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- SMS only – 0429 452 916.
Or contact the Melbourne office via:
- Email – email@example.com or
- Telephone – 1300 645 916
- SMS only – 0409 553 121
- Website – deafchildrenaustralia.org.au
Frequently Asked Questions provides further information.
Courage We stand up for people who are deaf and their families; and through innovation we strengthen their outcomes and hope for the future.
Respect We are loyal to our history but respect the choice of individuals and the need for change.
Integrity We are dependable in our service delivery and honour the commitments we make.
Teamwork We embrace diverse opinions to build relationships that strengthen our capacity to achieve a common sector vision.
Resourcefulness We are committed to delivering better value through efficient and effective systems and processes; and the use of resources entrusted to us.