Our Partners and Projects
Our partners have helped us had a positive impact on our communities. Contact us to learn about the impact you could make through partnering with us.
Our vision is that our community lives in an accessible, inclusive society with equal opportunity in all areas of life.
For Deaf and hard of hearing people, progress toward achieving this vision will be made if knowledge and use of Auslan is the norm and feeling included is the rule, not the exception.
To achieve this vision, the challenge of communication needs to be shared. The starting point was to create a mobile solution for learning Auslan, to make learning Auslan tailored, fun, intuitive and on-demand to anyone, anytime: Auslan Anywhere
Unlike other apps, Auslan Anywhere content is created and curated by the Deaf community. This enables learners to discover more relevant signs and build a more meaningful connection with the Auslan language and culture. It's a highly visible, dynamic and engaging experience, celebrating the ever-evolving Auslan language and culture.
We have partnered with ABC News to provide an Auslan interpreted and captioned national news broadcast on Sundays at 6:00pm, allowing Australians who are Deaf and hard of hearing to access the news in their first language.
This is an important step in raising the awareness of Auslan and the right of people who are Deaf to have access to information.
Department of Education and Training
Early childhood services will offer children in the year before school, the opportunity to learn in Auslan as part of the Department of Education and Training’s Early Childhood Language Program. The purpose of this guide is to give teachers and educators in services delivering the Early Childhood Language Program some information about Auslan.
Collingwood Football Club
We were proud to be a Collingwood Football Club community partner, allowing us to provide an Auslan interpreter on screen during pre/post-game entertainment and all game breaks for selected home games. This helps to raise awareness in the AFL community of the importance of improving Auslan access on game day so that everyone can enjoy the experience.
Here are a few of our ongoing and new projects.
I am Deaf
I am Deaf this is how I work is an NDIS funded project that aims to increase employer awareness and capacity around employing Deaf and hard of hearing (D/HOH) staff, and improve employment outcomes and economic participation for people with hearing loss. To help achieve these outcomes, we have developed a series of videos designed to showcase and challenge the perceived barriers faced by D/HOH people, and create empathy and engagement with their stories.
The authentic, impactful stories told in these videos were created through consultation with members of the Deaf community and our target audience of small-medium businesses. We engaged an award-winning creative agency to produce the videos, and a targeted marketing campaign has been developed to create impact and help drive positive outcomes for members of our community.
The Rainbow Project
The Rainbow Project is an ILC funded project which aims to build the capacity of individuals in the Deaf LGBTIQA+ community. The project’s main objectives are to establish and develop peer support mechanisms, deliver social events and ensure access to information about mainstream LGBTIQA+ issues in Auslan. Part of this work is to also build partnerships with existing LGBTIQA+ organisations and services to improve accessibility and awareness of the specific needs of Deaf LGBTIQA+ people and communities.
Auslan Interpreters for TAFE
Currently, there is a shortage of Auslan interpreters for Deaf and hard of hearing students in TAFE. The pool of Auslan interpreters needs to increase to enable DHH students to achieve their study goals.
Expression Australia as part of a Department of Education and Training project, is running a series of seven Professional Development sessions focused on interpreting in TAFE settings, to build knowledge and confidence to work in this sector.
Deaf Regional Health
Deaf Regional Health is an ILC (Information, Linkages and Capacity) funded project, focusing on systemic improvements for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing communities when accessing hospitals, specifically in regional Victoria and Tasmania. Our primary project partner is Bendigo Health.
The project will look at three main areas within hospital services:
- Emergency department
Our approach to this important work has been planned in three phases:
- Research and Discovery
- Co-design and Evaluation framework
- Pilot and Evaluation.
The project aims to pilot sustainable intervention models at key regional hospitals to improve health access experiences for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing community.