Deaf Australia is excited to announce that the report of the National Summit on early intervention and education for Deaf and hard of hearing children is now ready for public release.
Deaf Australia held a national summit on early intervention and education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Canberra on 29 and 30 November 2012 to give the community an opportunity to be heard on these vital issues.
While politicians, academics and educators made an important contribution and provided informative presentations, the primary purpose was to hear from people at the coal face, on the lived experience of early intervention and school education. We asked participants to consider four basic questions:
- What has worked for you?
- What has not worked?
- What needs to change?
- What can we do to help make this change happen?
Strategic planning company Grant Thornton agreed to work with Deaf Australia pro bono to attend the summit and write a report with a recommended strategy for Deaf Australia on these issues.
This report has been sent to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
We are pleased to now be able to release the report publicly to all who attended the summit, to members and supporters and others who might be interested. Please feel free to share this report with others whom you believe have a stake in these issues or might be interested.
Deaf Australia will be following up on the strategy recommended in the report. If you would like to collaborate with us on the strategy we would be keen to hear from you – please contact Deaf Australia Executive Officer Karen Lloyd at [email protected].
Our thanks to our Summit sponsors:
- Ai Media
- Deaf Children Australia
- Media Access Australia
- Victorian Deaf Education Institute
- National Relay Service
- Deafness Forum of Australia
- Grant Thornton
- Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
- Hills Sound, Vision & Lighting Group
- Communication Replublic