This little boy was struggling to communicate
Seven-year-old Oliver lives with his family on a rural cattle station near Charleville, 750km west of Brisbane. He has cerebral palsy and speech issues which leave him struggling to communicate.
Deaf Services delivers services that benefit Deaf and hard of hearing Australians, as well as providing education and language support programs. One of these programs is Auslan at Home, delivering a tailored Auslan learning program to suit the needs of individual families. Auslan tutors travel far and wide to visit families in their homes, delivering communication skills and services that are often unavailable due to location or circumstance.
Deaf Services’ Lifestyle Support Service delivered an average of 525 hours of support each week last year.
It's been amazing to watch Oliver's confidence grow now that he has more signs at his fingertips, said Oliver's mum Gabrielle. I can't express enough how helpful, wonderful, educational and fun it was to learn Auslan at home…it was better than I could have hoped for. For a family with unique learning requirements and such a remote location, the flexibility of the Auslan at Home program made a difference to Oliver's language development and strengthened connections with his family.
The Deaf Lottery Australia made it possible
Deaf Services is supported by its fundraising program, The Deaf Lottery Australia. Deaf Services is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing support to Deaf and hard of hearing Australians across all age groups.
With a vision of individuals and community empowered, connected and achieving, Deaf Services delivers programs and services to enable the Deaf community to live full and independent lives.
As a not for profit organisation, Deaf Services relies on the generosity of the community to continue to innovate and provide new and vital services and programs to the community.
Funds raised through the sale of lottery tickets support these key programs and services. For more information about Deaf Services and all of our programs, visit deafservices.org.au.
EducationThrough our registered training organisation Access Training and Education, Deaf Services delivers nationally recognised accredited Auslan (Australian Sign Language) courses. We also offer non-accredited Community Auslan classes, Auslan for Families and Auslan camps.
InterpretingAuslan Connections provides specialist interpreting services across Australia with all profits reinvested in programs supporting the Deaf and hard of hearing community.
Hear for KidsHear for Kids is our early intervention and therapy support service for Deaf and hard of hearing infants and children.
Ageing Well servicesA Commonwealth approved provider of home care for seniors, our Ageing Well service improves the quality of life, independence and personal well-being of Deaf and hard of hearing seniors.
Lifestyle Support ServiceThe Lifestyle Support Service assists adults under the age of 65 with disabilities, and who primarily use Auslan to communicate. Our goal is to see our clients living in the general community as independently as possible.
CommUNITYThe commUNITY team provides community engagement services as well as NDIS information sessions, referrals and plan management. CommUNITY also manages the Deaf Services Auslan translation service, providing high quality, technically appropriate Auslan translations.