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Deaf and Blind

 

 

Resource​ ​Descriptor ​Web address
Vision Australia​ Australia's leading provider of blindness and low vision services. www.visionaustralia.org
Blind Citizens Australia
The united voice of blind and vision impaired Australians.
Radio for Print Handicapped of NSW, Radio 2RPH
Live readings of newspapers, books and magazines for people with a print disability,
www.2rph.org.au
Vision 2020 Australia
Represents over 60 member organisations involved in: local and global eye care; health promotion; low vision support; vision rehabilitation; eye research; professional assistance and community support.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
Support NSW people with blindness or vision impairment  to use orientation and mobility aids including canes, guide dogs and electronic aids and  train companion dogs for children and adults who are disabled or disadvantaged owing to age, isolation or ill health.
Association for the Blind of Western Australia
Support western Australians with blindness or vision impairment  to use orientation and mobility aids including canes, guide dogs and electronic aids and  train companion dogs for children and adults who are disabled or disadvantaged owing to age, isolation or ill health.
Guide Dogs Victoria
Support Victorians with blindness or vision impairment  to use orientation and mobility aids including canes, guide dogs and electronic aids and  train companion dogs for children and adults who are disabled or disadvantaged owing to age, isolation or ill health.
www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au
Guide Dogs Queensland
Provides Queenslanders with blindness or vision impairment  to use orientation and mobility aids including canes, guide dogs and electronic aids and  train companion dogs for children and adults who are disabled or disadvantaged owing to age, isolation or ill health.
www.guidedogsqld.com.au
The Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia
Provides a range of services for people who are blind or vision impaired living in South Australia.
www.rsb.org.au
Seeing Eye Dogs Australia
A division of Vision Australia. The only national provider of dog guides specially bred and trained to act as guides for people who are blind or vision impaired.
www.seda.org.au
Postal Concessions for the Blind Program
The PCB Program enables blind people and eligible organisations that service the needs of blind people, to send eligible material through Australia Post. FaHCSIA reimburses Australia Post for the postage costs of eligible material.
The Print Disability Services Program
FaHCSIA's -Print Disability Services Program supports organisations produce print material in alternative formats for people with print disability who are unable to read standard print due to vision impairment, a physical disability or a learning disability.  The  five organisations currently funded under the Program: Vision Australia, Association for the Blind Western Australia, Royal Society for the Blind of South Australia, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, People Learn Productions.
People Learn Productions (PLP) Inc.
A Western Australian Based company providing resources and information for people with print disability who are unable to read standard print due to vision impairment, a physical disability or a learning disability. 
 
Deaf and Blind Resources
 
Australian Deafblind Council (ADBC)
The national council representing Australians who are deafblind, their support networks and organisations working in the field.
Deafblind Association (NSW)
Advocates for improved services for Deafblind people and promotes self advocacy.
RIDBC Teleschool
A high-quality service to families living in rural and regional areas of Australia who have a child diagnosed with hearing and/or vision loss. An RIDBC program.
Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)
Australia 's oldest and largest independent special educator. RIDBC for children who are deaf, hearing impaired, blind or vision impaired, including children with additional disabilities.
Accessible Cinema in Australia - Cinema Access Implementation Plan
The FaHCSIA Cinema Access Implementation Plan and the establishment of the Accessible Cinema Advisory Group (ACAG) aims to assist Australia’s four major cinema chains in converting to a digital based technology to improve cinema accessibility for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, blind or vision impaired.
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/accessible-cinema-in-australia#cinemas
Remote Hearing and Vision Services for Children
The Australian Government Remote Hearing and Vision Services for Children program (announced  February 2012) is an initiative that will take advantage of the increased reach and capacity of the National Broadband Network to provide children with hearing and/or vision impairment, and their families, with access to the NBN and web-enabled communication technologies to obtain information, guidance, support and skills development from allied health and education professionals where such expertise may otherwise be scarce.
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/remote-hearing-and-vision-services-for-children
 
Deaf and Hearing Impaired Resources
 
Makaton Resource Centre (Australia)
The national representative of Makaton Australia.
Signbank
An interactive online Auslan dictionary.
Auslan Shop
Sells materials in Auslan and about Auslan, Deaf culture, Deaf history, interpreting, education, etc. All Auslan materials for sale are approved first by the Auslan Endorsement System - a new system established by Deaf Australia.
 www.auslanshop.com.au
Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association (ASLIA)
The national peak organisation for Auslan Interpreters in Australia.
 www.aslia.com.au
Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association (NSW) Inc.
Information about interpreting and a support network for Auslan interpreters in NSW.
NABS (National Auslan Interpreter Booking & Payment Service)
NABS provides interpreters for Deaf and hard of hearing people who use sign language when attending private medical appointments. It is free of charge to Sign Language users and medical practitioners. Funded by FaHCSIA.
Deaf Australia (formerly Australian Association of the Deaf)
The national peak body for the Australian Deaf Community managed by Deaf people.
Deaf Australia NSW (formerly NSWAD)
Provides information, organises events for the NSW Deaf community and lobbies government and other organisations.
Deaf Society of NSW
Includes services to those who may have additional needs due to vision impairment, cerebral palsy or developmental delay.
www.deafsocietynsw.org.au
Tasmanian Deaf Society
provides services which empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing Tasmanians to be independent, confident and achieve their goals.
 www.tasdeaf.org.au
Vicdeaf
Vicdeaf is the primary source of reference, referral, advice and support for deaf adults in Victoria.
WA Deaf Society
The WA Deaf Society is a non-profit organization established in 1921 to provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people in Western Australia. Our mission is to provide the best contemporary services to advance the status of Deaf and hard of hearing people.
Deaf Services Queensland
Provides a range of services to the Queensland Deaf and hearing communities.
 www.deafservicesqld.org.au
Australian Federation of Deaf Societies (AFDS)
AFDS lobbies and advocates on behalf of the various Australian state-based Deaf Societies to assist in ensuring people who are Deaf or hard of hearing enjoy the same political, civil and human rights as other members of the community.
Deafness Council of NSW
Peak body for deaf, hearing impaired adults and children, and those with other disorders of the ear.
Deafness Forum of Australia
Represents  Deaf and hearing impaired communities of Australia (including those  with a chronic disorder of the ear and those who are deafblind).
 www.deafnessforum.org.au
Deafness Foundation
The Deafness Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the support of the Deaf and hearing impaired through research, prevention, education, early detection and technology.
The Shepherd Centre
An internationally acclaimed, family-centred program which focuses on teaching deaf and hearing impaired children to listen and speak. Inclusive of the First Sounds Cochlear Implant program, The Shepherd Centre’s Early Intervention approach provides families with support in Audiology, Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Family Therapy, enabling children to develop listening skills and spoken language, and offering support and training to their families.
Parents of Deaf Children (PODC)
A parent organisation supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Offers a range of information, support and advocacy services for parents and carers, respecting the method or methods of communication that the family has chosen for their child.
Aussie Deaf Kids
Online information and support for families raising a deaf child.
 www.aussiedeafkids.com
Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre
Provides services to people of all ages who are considering or who have received cochlear implants.
Able Australia
Provides services to people living with multiple disabilities including deafblindness.
Better Hearing Australia
Better Hearing Australia is a non-profit, self-help organisation controlled by its members and provides an Australia-wide community support service of rehabilitation and help for Australia's hearing impaired.
 www.betterhearing.com.au
Australian Hearing
A federal government agency delivering hearing services to eligible Australians.  "Choices" Publication. Free of charge for parents and families of children who have been newly diagnosed as deaf or hearing impaired.
Printacall
Australia's leading organisation for products for hearing impaired, speech impaired and Deaf people.
National Relay Service (NRS)
Allows people who are deaf or have a hearing, speech or other communication impairment to make phone calls. TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for the desired phone number. Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for the desired phone number. Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for the phone number you want.
www.relayservice.com.au
Speech Pathology Australia
The national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia.

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Last Modified: 21/05/2013 3:38 PM