Deaf Australia has applied for and received funding through the Community Grants Hub, under the Department of Social Services (DSS), for the concept of empowering Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing Auslan users in Australia with choice and control on choosing services and products that are Auslan- and deaf-friendly. The funding timeline for this project is from June 2021 to December 2022.  

To this end, we will:  

  • Develop ‘Access and Inclusion’ initiatives that the public and private sectors can use on their services and products to ensure that they are accessible to Auslan Deaf users and other deaf people in Australia, which will be backed up by evidence collected by researchers. This will also be available for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people and their families and friends for advocacy purposes.
  • Create and disseminate toolkits, which will inform users to understand what Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing Auslan users genuinely are,  their requirements, and support deaf people and families with deaf children to ensure their deaf children can be involved in their communities and families on an equitable basis as their peers.  

ILC 2 Focus Group – EOI

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Dr. Gab Hodge is a Deaf Australian woman with white skin and brown eyes. In this video, she is wearing a blue jumper and talking about a new project with Deaf Australia. Gab is passionate about this project. She begins by smiling at you and signs in a warm and friendly way.


Hi I'm Gab Hodge. I'm Deaf and I work as researcher to support sign language, d/Deaf people and d/Deaf communities. At the moment I'm working with Deaf Australia on one project led by Darlene Thornton. The aim of this project is to develop a good toolkit and to collect information that will support Deaf Australia advocacy planning. 

We want to host some focus groups with d/Deaf, d/Deafblind and h/Hard of hearing people over 18 who use Auslan. The focus groups will be on different topics: (1) education, (2) employment, (3) healthcare, and (4) language policy. We want to ask about your access and inclusion experiences in relation to these four areas. We are interested in your bad experiences and your good experiences. We also want to know your thoughts on if we could throw it all out and start fresh, what would this look like? 

The focus groups will be online or in person. If you don't want to discuss in a group, we can meet you one-on-one instead. You can bring a support person if you want. Each focus group will take two hours. We will pay you $90 for your time. I will analyse and summarise the information from each discussion and write a report for Deaf Australia. Your name can be confidential if you prefer. It is up to you. 

Are you interested? If yes, please fill out the form below with your name, phone number, and email address. We will contact you soon. If you know others who may be interested, please tell them too. 

Thank you.

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Disclaimer: Your contact details will be sent directly to Dr Gab Hodge. She will then contact you with more information about this project. Your details will be stored securely and privately. We won’t pass them on to anyone else or use them in any other way.

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