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

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.

‘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

10th National Deafblind Conference and Usher Pre-Conference – Fremantle 15 to 17 November 2016

For information about the 10th National Deafblind Conference visit: Deafblind 2016 Conference

to register and purchase ticket go to: Register for Deafblind 2016 Conference

The theme of the 10th National Deafblind Conference, 2016 is “Celebrating Experiences Across the Lifespan”.

The Usher pre-conference, presented by Senses Australia and Deafblind International (DbI) Usher Network will be held on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 prior to the 10th National Deafblind Conference, theme ‘Experiences across the life span’ with a special focus on relationships, family dynamics, mental health and wellbeing.

To find out more visit: usher pre-conference

or to register and purchase tickets go to : Australia 10th national deafblind conference

WHEN
Usher Pre-conference Workshop: Tuesday 15 Nov, 12:30pm-4:30pm
Conference Wednesday 16 Nov & Thursday 17 Nov at 8.30am-4.30pm
Conference Dinner Thursday, 17 November, 2016 at 6.30pm

WHERE
Esplanade Hotel – Fremantle
Registration:
http://www.deafblind2016.com.au/registration