deafaccess Victoria workers work in the rural and regional areas of Victoria. deafaccess Victoria works to make rural and regional communities a better place for Deaf and hard of hearing people to live.
deafaccess Victoria can assist Deaf and hard of hearing people who live in rural or regional Victoria to:
• Participate in the life of their community, to get involved in things that are happening;
• Work with community organisations and services to support people and their families;
• Have a say in what happens in their communities, local services and organisations;
• Get information about services and supports in their area;
• Be able to communicate, have access to interpreters and hearing assistance.
Two of the five deafaccess Victoria workers in rural Victoria are auspiced by Vicdeaf, in the Hume and Gippsland regions. deafaccess Victoria workers plan and develop projects in many areas, including access and advocacy; accommodation and housing; education and training; sport, recreation and the arts; and transport.
Here are some examples of projects deafaccess Victoria is working on:
• Auslan Scholarships in Gippsland – to help local people to finish the Diploma of Auslan and get the Diploma of Interpreting;
• Deaf Can Dance - running Hip Hop Workshops and performances to show that deaf people can dance and do whatever they want;
• Video Relay Interpreting Service – working with DHS to have Video Interpreting available in rural and regional areas;
• deafaccess Victoria Gippsland and Hume Newsletters – a newsletter is sent out once a month to the community to keep people up to date on what is happening in their local area and in Melbourne.
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