2024 Australian Deaf Games
The Australian Deaf Games is the pinnacle multi-sport event for Deaf people in Australia involving up to twenty (20) sports and attracting more than 1000 competitors and participants from all over Australia, some neighbouring Pacific nations and, potentially, one of two other overseas countries.
Family Camp- Queensland
Family Camp brings together deaf and hard of hearing kids, their parents and siblings. Everyone will enjoy fun planned activities and build connections with other children and parents. Please register your interest now!
Tennis with Friends (18-23yrs)
Tennis is an ideal sport to help you maintain fitness, strength, agility and is also a great social activity. Come and join us for a group tennis session at the Victorian Tennis Academy in South Yarra.
Virtual Bubble 8-11yrs
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.
Early Childhood intervention can make a difference
Early intervention aims to give your child the best possible start in life by supporting them to develop vital communication skills. It should start as soon as possible after your child has been diagnosed with a hearing issue.
Early childhood development - building foundations...
A child’s early years are a critical period for communication, language, and social-emotional development and lay crucial foundations for future learning and forming of identity.
Top Ten Burning Questions
When we created this website, Deaf Children Australia wanted to be sure we addressed what was most important to parents and caregivers of a child recently diagnosed as being deaf or hard of hearing. We published a survey inviting 500 participants and more than 70% of respondents were parents telling us what they most wanted to know, or worried about, when they first received their child’s diagnosis. Here are the top 10 responses we received, with some answers and links to other helpful resources.
My Story, My Career Path - Nathan Borg (actor in Neighbours)
At 3 months old Nathan contracted bacterial Meningitis and as a result Nathan is profoundly deaf.
Early signing. Hints, links and more
Within weeks of birth, babies start discovering the patterns and rules of the language used around them. This is true whether that language is spoken or signed.
Who do I need in my support team. Hints, links and more.
If you have a child who’s deaf or hard of hearing, it’s important to build a team around you who can support your journey. Your family are at the heart of that team, which will also include a range of health and education professionals.
Stacey- my story as a mum raising a deaf child
Stacey is mum to three gorgeous children. Stacey's youngest daughter has a bilateral, sensorineural, moderate-to-severe hearing loss. This is the story of their journey.
Communication in the family - some tips to help...
From the moment they’re born, every child is wired to explore their world and build relationships with people. To do this effectively, children need skills in language and communication.
Hearing tests- what to expect, what to look out for
Routine hearing tests are recommended for children of all ages. In Australia, we have free hearing tests conducted on all newborns. However, as your child grows their ability to hear can change quickly and hearing loss can develop at any stage. Aim to be vigilant for any signs of hearing loss.
Discover more about Auslan
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is central to a bimodal bilingual approach for your child. Find out more about Auslan below plus links to Auslan providers. You can find links to Auslan tutors on the 'Service Finder' page.
Bimodal bilingual choices.
One of the earliest choices you’ll need to make is how you’ll communicate with your child. Finding a form of communication everyone in your family can understand is very important. Your choice should reflect what’s best for your child and family.
Stacey - I am a Parent Mentor in Queensland
Stacey is a parent mentor based in Queensland. She is a fierce advocate for her deaf daughter Gracie and has been sharing her knowledge and experience with other parents of deaf children for over 5 years.
Steps to starting your NDIS journey- Questions & Answers
There's a lot to consider when your child has been diagnosed with a hearing loss. When it comes to the NDIS, there may be extra matters to think about. We've spoken to parents about the common questions to ask when you first engage with the NDIS.
My Story, My Career Path- Victor Belousov
Victor is a Youth Support Worker at Deaf Children Australia and has achieved a Bachelors in Information Technology and Systems. In his spare time he loves to mountain bike and travel.
Source Kids Disability Expo- Brisbane
There are almost 850,000 people in Australia under the age of 25 years with a disability. Source Kids has been developed to deliver important information to those caring for and working with these children and young individuals.
Source Kids Disability Expo- Perth
Kids & Youth Disability eXpo
Our eXpo gives you the ultimate platform to showcase your unique products and services to a captive audience of people who are seeking supports for themselves, a loved one or group of young people living with a disability.
Sydney Disability Expo
People with Disability are embracing My Future, My Choice as a way to control how they want to live their lives now and plan for the future. The Sydney Disability Expo will link thousands of people with a disability with hundreds of product and service providers as well as presenting a range of informative and interactive presentations delivered by industry experts.
An invitation to join the Flying Colours Survey Collective
We ran a Flying Colours Survey earlier this year. The information we received from families with a deaf or hard of hearing child has been extremely helpful to us and made a tangible difference to our Flying Colours online resource. Are you interested in joining our Collective to help feedback what matters to you and your family, based on your lived experiences?
Early intervention is a great way to start
Your child’s early years are a really important time for communication, language, and social-emotional development. This is your opportunity to lay crucial foundations for future learning and the forming of your child's identity.
First Diagnosis? Here are some tips on what to do next.
Receiving the news that your child is deaf or hard of hearing usually comes as a shock, especially since 90 percent of these children are born to hearing parents. For many such parents, their child is the first person they’ve met who is deaf or hard of hearing. This can make it hard to put the news into perspective. Here are some important steps to take now you’ve received your child’s diagnosis.
Parents told us they would love to know more about the Facebook groups for the deaf and hard of hearing community - we have collected some here with a link, organisation or name, membership number and if this is a private or public group. We hope you find a group for you!
The Importance of Rich Childhood Experiences.
When families and communities collaborate in positive ways, a deaf child's capacity to achieve their learning potential is significantly enhanced.
Family-Centered Practice in Early Intervention: A Comparison.
Early interventions programs should offer a wide range of services to cater to the diverse needs of families and encourage parents to be more involved.
The Effects of Vocabulary Intervention.
Building knowledge of word meanings is essential in developing reading comprehension skills. Both broad vocabulary knowledge – the number of words that are known – and depth of vocabulary knowledge – how well the words are known – are important.
Assessing Social-Emotional Abilities of Infants.
Early intervention opportunities can help parents better understand their deaf or hard of hearing child's behaviour and teach parents how to promote their child's social and emotional development.
Virtual- based learning: A new way of learning literacy?
In this study, research-based videos supplemented with research-based classroom activities and materials may help young deaf and hard of hearing children develop key literacy and language skills.
Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Assessment and intervention for ASD can require adapting or modifying the usual approaches to suit the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children.
Rethinking Literacy: Broadening opportunities for Visual Learners.
Literacy is not just reading, but includes the skills and knowledge needed for thinking, comprehending and communicating. Taking a broader approach to literacy opens the way for building on deaf and hard of hearing children’s strengths and potential as visual learners.
Bilingual Bimodal approach to Language Acquisition.
Parents can help improve their child's language development by providing rich language experiences led by their child's language preferences.
Language acquisition for deaf children: What linguists can do.
New evidence suggests that if children are exposed to a first language in the critical period of their first years, they may develop complete fluent use of any language.
Advantages of Early Visual Language.
It's a myth that sign language will hold back a deaf or hard of hearing child from developing spoken language. It has been shown that spoken language skills and English literacy actually increase as children learn more gestures and signs.
Children With Cochlear Implants: Changing Perspectives.
Deciding whether your child should receive cochlear implants is a challenging process for many parents. New research is changing perceptions about cochlear implants.
American Sign Language and Literacy: Exploring New Relationships.
Recent literature is suggesting that having a strong foundation in sign language will help in the development of English literacy skills.
Beyond Early Intervention: Supports for School-Aged Children.
Improved intervention strategies for school-aged children with cochlear implants is needed to support learning.
Best Practices in Family-Centered Early Intervention.
Family- Centered Early Intervention encourages active and enjoyable engagement to promote playful communicative interactions, family well-being and confidence in parenting and promoting your child's development.
Early signing in the home relates to literacy development.
Early language skills are important to developing literacy. Hearing parents as well as deaf parents can give their children early, consistent exposure to sign language to help them develop these skills.
- Research Insights
What does early education mean?
Early childhood education and care services allow children to engage in play and learning opportunities with their peers before starting formal schooling.
What does a speech pathologist do?
Speech pathologists (also sometimes called ‘speech-language pathologists’) are university-qualified allied health professionals who work with people experiencing communication difficulties.