BREAKING NEWS!! WEST AUSTRALIAN DEAFBLIND CAMP 2020

Senses Australia is thrilled to announce that funding through NDIS, Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) has been secured to host the 4th West Australian Deafblind Camp
November 19th – 22nd, 2020
Woodman Point, Coogee- South of Fremantle, Western Australia.

The cost will be $150.00 per person, this will cover: accommodation, activities, all meals and transport from Senses Australia, Burswood to the camp site, if required.

If you are an NDIS participant please ask for funding in your next plan to cover cost of camp and your communication guide support in your plan. Volunteers will provide support with communication and sighted guide where funded support is not available.

Senses Australia is now calling for Expressions of Interest from Deafblind and Volunteers, please contact Karen Wickham
Mobile: 0424 900 788, Email: karen.wickham@senses.org.au

Videos about the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the deafblind information hub

The deafblind information hub has released a set of videos about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) they are available in two different formats. Auslan with captions matching the Auslan, and Auslan with audio, including audio description with the captions matching the spoken English.

You can access them here: videos about the National Disability Insurance Scheme

DeafBlind Awareness Week MINI CONFERENCE

Deafblind Awareness Week is celebrated internationally each year to coincide with Helen Keller’s birthday on 27 June.

Take a moment and think of all the things you see and hear each day. Whether it is news headlines, accessing the internet, a loved one’s smile, your favorite song on the radio or a conversation with a colleague – these seemingly incidental exchanges can be frustratingly out of reach for people who have a combined loss of hearing and vision.

To recognize this unique dual disability and to celebrate Deafblind Awareness Week this year Senses Australia is hosting a Mini Conference showcasing presentations from the recent National Australian Deafblind Conference plus presentations which are to be delivered at the upcoming DbI European Deafblind Conference in Aalborg, Denmark, September 2017.

When: Thursday the 29th June, 2017

Where: VisAbility 61 Kitchener ave, Burswood. Western Australia

Time: 9am – 1pm

RSVP: To Karen.wickham@senses.org.au by Friday 23rd of June, 2017.

Everyone is welcome: Deafblind, Blind, Hearing impaired, Deaf, service providers, family, educators, support staff etc.

Morning tea will be provided

Platform interpreters will be provided

Come Celebrate Deafblind Awareness Week 26th June – 2nd July, 2017

Celebrate Deafblind Awareness Week by joining us on a historical ‘Walking Tour’ in Perth City.

We want to make Deafblind people visible in our community and help raise awareness that people who are deafblind can, with the right support, access the world around them.

The tour will be run by the “Two feet and a heartbeat” tour company. The tour will last two hours, visiting interesting historical sites and will include morning tea. We will finish at Supreme Court Gardens, weather permitting bring your own picnic lunch.

Where: Meet at Perth Town Hall

When: Saturday the 2nd of July, 2017

Time: 10.30 am sharp

Numbers are limited please RSVP by 23rd of June:
Phone: 0424 900 788
Email: karen.wickham@senses.org.au

Qantas Carer Concession Card

The Qantas Carer Concession Card is issued to people with disability and high level support needs who require the full-time assistance of a carer whilst they are on the aircraft. A person is eligible if they need to have one-on-one support when seated on the aircraft for assistance with meals/drinks, transferring to the bathroom, orientation, communicating with the flight staff etc. A person is not eligible if they only need assistance boarding the aircraft, or when they arrive at their destination.

Qantas Carer Concession cardholders and their nominated carer will receive the following discounts for Qantas domestic travel within Australia.

Economy Travel for Qantas Carer Concession Cardholders:

10% discount on Domestic Red e-Deal and Flex Economy Class fares

For Nominated Carers:

50% discount on Domestic Red e-Deal and Flex Economy Class fares

Business Class Travel For Qantas Carer Concession Cardholders:

50% off Full Cost Domestic Business Class Fares (subject to availability)

For Nominated Carers:

50% off Full Cost Domestic Business Class Fares (subject to availability)

Notes:

All discounts are subject to booking class availability.

Bookings for the cardholder and their nominated carer must be made at the same time and both bookings must be made using the Card in order to obtain the discount. The Qantas Booking Fee is not payable on bookings made using the Qantas Carer Concession Card.

Fare conditions apply.

Discounts are not available:

  • on international travel (International flights are numbered QF1-399);
  • on flights operated by any of Qantas’ alliance partners; or
  • in conjunction with any other concessional airfare.

This card is a photo ID card which is valid for three years and has an administration fee of $49.50 including GST.

you can Download the application form here: Qantas Carer Concession Card Application Form (PDF 155kb)

Deafblind West Australians – ‘Sculpture by the Sea’

When:
Wednesday 15th of March, 2017 10.00 am Sharp

Where:
Cottesloe Beach

Sculpture by the Sea is Perth’s largest free outdoor art exhibition, overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean, the exhibition will feature sculptures from local, interstate and international artists.

R.S.V.P:
Numbers are limited so please RSVP by end of February,2017 to:

Karen Wickham:
Mobile: 0424 900 788,
email: karen.wickham@senses.org.au

Please advise if you need support and or transport to attend this event.

Friends and family are most welcome.

Western Australian “Heroes” Deafblind Camp 2016 Report

Senses Australia was very proud to host the “Heroes” Deafblind Camp, November 18-20th, 2016, at the Woodman Point Recreation Camp, Coogee Western Australia.

The WA Deafblind Camp provided an opportunity for people who are deafblind to come together, to catch up with friends old and new, to share lived experiences and engage in recreational activities and outings in an environment that was safe, accessible and supportive.

For the full report please go here: “Heroes” Deafblind Camp Report (Word docx 1.92mb)

‘don’t toy with our lives’

Today, the Hon Donna Faragher MLC met with disabled people and their families to talk about the new disability reform scheme in WA and to hear the message – ‘don’t toy with our lives’.

Hundreds of toys carry messages from disabled people in WA and family members – the Hon Alanna Clohesy and Senator Rachel Siewert were also in attendance.

‘don’t toy with our lives’ on Facebook

I went with a few members of the Deafblind community – We are lobbying for a guarantee of no disadvantage – that West Australians with disability and their families will not be disadvantaged in any way compared to other Australians.

We also want to make sure that any decisions made about the scheme – from governance to the fine operational detail – are reviewed by disabled people and their families before they happen. If you’re going to pick the best bits from each scheme, we want you to ‘show us the best bits!’

To convey our message to the Minister and WA Government, we set up hundreds of toys bearing messages from disabled people and their families on the steps of Parliament House.

Kind regards

Karen Wickham
Deafblind Consultant – Deafblind Services