Events

On this page you will find information about upcoming and past events.

Technology Workshop – Saturday 3rd October at Citiplace in Perth

Deafblind West Australians are hosting a face to face in person Technology Workshop on Saturday 3rd October at Citiplace some come along and ask your Technology questions ???

Our Technology Expert, will answer your questions.

Please bring your own Technology (like iPhone, iPad or Android phone, Android tablet, Braille devices) or if you have questions about using computers or about Technology come along and Ask our expert !

Auslan Interpreters will be available.

Date: 3rd October, Saturday

Time: 12pm to 2 pm

RSVP: 30 September Email: DBWA

Location: Citiplace Community Centre, concourse level of Perth Train Station, Wellington Street.

Near the pedestrian bridge over Roe Street towards the Art Gallery.

(Parking available at City of Perth CPP Citiplace Car park enter off Roe Street).

Due to COVID-19 we are not able to provide tea or coffee, so BYO if you need drink or food.

You are welcome to bring a family member or Communication Guide or Support Worker to these Workshops.

You can share this email with others in the deafblind community.

Please RSVP Email: DBWA

Deafblind Camp 2021 in Western Australia

Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Western Australian Deafblind Camp has had to be postponed until March 2021, see details below.

“Glitz & Glamour on the Red Carpet”
NEW DATE: Friday the 12th of March to Monday the 15th of March, 2021
Woodman Point, Coogee South of Fremantle, Western Australia.

For more information about the Deafblind Camp 2021, please go to our Deafblind Camp 2021 page

People getting into a canoe in shallow water on the Swan River. # canoes in the background in the middle of the river in 2016

Regular Balmoral Social get together

We hold a Regular Balmoral Social get together for Sunday lunch at the Balmoral Hotel in East Victoria Park.

Deafblind West Australians Christmas Picnic – Sunday 6 December 2020

We are inviting you and your family to join us for our annual Christmas function.

Share a gift of up to $10 in a “Secret Santa”. Secret Santa is a Christmas tradition.

G.O. Edwards Park, Burswood.
173 Burswood Road, Burswood WA 6100 (near Leigh Street)
limited street parking available.

Sunday 6th December 2020
12:30 to 2:30
BYO picnic food and drink (shard onsite BBQs are available)

Celebrate the festive season and the end of 2020 with family, friends and supporters.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the event, so bring some money. Money raised will support Deafblind West Australians.

RSVP: 1st December Email: DBWA

Deafblind High Tea

CANCCELLED until further notice.

Come and join us, for an afternoon of fun at our delicious High Tea.

High Tea with 3 tired plate on a stand, teacups and a teapot with a floral arrangement in the background

Date and Time: TBA
Sutton Centre at Juniper Rowethorpe
Address: 4 – 10 Hayman Road, Bentley WA 6102

Family and friends are most welcome.

Auslan Interpreters will be available.

RSVP to email DBWA

Past Events

On this page you will find information about upcoming and past events.

Deafblind West Australians Annual Planning Day 2020

“See us, Hear us, Know us, Join us”

The Deafblind West Australians 2020 Annual General Meeting and Planning Day was held on 5 September 2020 at Bentley Technology Park Function Centre

Rhiannon welcoming everyone to the Planning Day and Mike is the Auslan Interpreter
Rhiannon with Auslan Interpreter Mike

Members came along and supported this event, members also received the new Deafblind West Australians T-Shirt – see photo.

Eddie showing off the new DBWA T-Shirts. Rita and Jennifer are standing to the left of Eddie.
New DBWA T-Shirts

For more information about Deafblind West Australians contact us via email: DBWA

Roberto speaking about his ROBTECH business
Roberto speaking about his ROBTECH business

Deafblind International Webinar Series for Deafblind Awareness Week

Deafblind International held a Webinar Series during Deafblind Awareness Week, June 22-26, 2020 with presenters from around the world including Australia.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, webinars are THE opportunity to share knowledge, learn from each other and re-connect with the deafblind community.

The 1st Deafblind International webinar series was held on Zoom from 22-26 June 2020 around the theme “Living with Deafblindness in a New HReality”.

Here is the overview of the program

Deafblind Awareness Week 2020 – 3 Events

In June, the birth month of Helen Keller, we celebrated deafblind awareness. We Joined Deafblind International, our communications ambassadors, members, and community across the globe in shedding light on deafblindness.

See us, Hear us, Know us, Join us!

  • Deafblind Awareness Week – Zoom Social Gathering – Saturday 20
  • Deafblind Awareness Week 2020 on Facebook – from 21 to 27 June 2020
  • Deafblind Awareness Week – Balmoral Hotel on Sunday 28 June 2020

Ceramic Hands on a Tree on the left side and a Hand with DBWA on it on the right side

Event 1.
Deafblind Awareness Week – Zoom Social Gathering – Saturday 20

Deafblind West Australians got together for a scheduled Zoom meeting.

The theme was:
“Identity and Connection = Deafblind Proud”

This was a social gathering, bringing friends and family together to share stories about being “Deafblind Proud”.

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/659334844650021/

Event 2.
Deafblind Awareness Week 2020 on Facebook – from 21 to 27 June 2020

To celebrate Deafblind Awareness Week this year, Deafblind Information Australia hosted a week long online event for the Australian Deafblind Community.

The theme was “Identity and Connection = Deafblind Proud”.

Deafblind Information Australia logo

We posted videos (daily) we have received from Deafblind people around Australia about what this theme means to them.

This Facebook event page will be the central place for the Deafblind community to come together during these difficult times and share the many and varied parts that make you, YOU!!

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/525552598124378/

Event 3.
Deafblind Awareness Week – Balmoral Hotel on Sunday 28 June 2020

We celebrated Deafblind Awareness week with a social gathering at the Balmoral Hotel in East Vic Park, from 11:00 to 1:00 on Sunday 28th June 2020

Deafblind Awareness Week 2020 at Balmoral Hotel

The Balmoral Hotel is located at 901 Albany Highway East Victoria Park.

Facebook event page:
facebook.com/events/291781365178291/

Deb Kazich presenting at the Balmoral Hotel for Deafblind Awareness Week 2020

Deafblind West Australians Easter Catch Up – Good Friday 2020

Hello Deafblind West Australians and Deafblind Community,

As most of us were unable to go away for Easter break or be with family and friends, We had a Catch up online and by phone instead.

We joined up on Good Friday at 11 AM Perth time.

This was not a formal meeting, it was just a social online catchup. Family, friends, Communication Guides, Interpreters and supporters also joined in.

This was our Easter picnic online.

Able Deafblind Camp 2017

24th-26th February 2017.

Where:

Forest Edge Camp CYC
405 McKenzie Road Neerim, Victoria 3831

Flights:

Travelling from interstate;
Arrive into Melbourne around 1pm on Friday 24th Feb Return flights from Melbourne after 5.00pm on Sunday 26th Feb *please arrange and book your own flights for this camp.

Accommodation:
Motel style & cabins (bunk beds & single beds in rooms) – for 200 people

Meals:
Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner Sunday breakfast & lunch.

Activities:
River rafting, river swimming, indoor rock climbing, archery, flying fox, ropes, trampolines, table tennis, air hockey.

Transport:
Bus from the airport at 2pm Friday 24th Feb and return to airport by 4pm on Sunday 28th Feb
Approximately 2 hours from airport to camp.

Cost: $120 for deafblind campers.

Contacts: Gary Daly on gary.daly(5)ableaustralia.org.au or Sarah Fitzgerald on sarah.fitzgerald@bleaustralia.org.au

Camp forms for deafblind and volunteers will be sent out when ready.

Save the date and hopefully we will see you there.

Western Australian “Heroes” Deafblind Camp 2016

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)

10th National Deafblind Conference 2016

Senses Australia was proud to host the 2016 10th National Deafblind Conference on behalf of the Australian Deafblind Council.

The theme of the conference was “Celebrating Experiences Across the Lifespan”.

Usher Pre-Conference 2016

The Usher pre-conference presented by Senses Australia and Deafblind International (DbI) Usher Syndrome Network was held on Tuesday 15th November, 2016, prior to the 10th National Deafblind Conference, Perth, Western Australia.

The Usher preconference gave the Australian deafblind community, its supporters and professionals working in the field the opportunity to: come together to share knowledge and experiences and learn more about new developments, results from research projects, exciting projects, best practices and lived experiences from people living with Usher syndrome and their families.

Roberto and WATCAC club member tandem cycling in November 2014
People on a Tandem Bike

It will be held at Woodman Point Recreation Centre, which is close to Fremantle.

We will host a variety of activities over the weekend for people who are deafblind to experience and enjoy. The cost will be $100.00 per person. This will cover: accommodation, all meals and transport to external activities.

Volunteers will provide support with communication and sighted guide.

For more information please contact Karen Wickham, Senses Australia karen.wickham@senses.org.au or phone: (08) 9473 5462

Regular Balmoral Social get together

We hold a Regular Balmoral Social get together for “Our Permanent Residence”.

Friday 16th September 2016 at VisAbility Technology Outlook Expo.

Deafblind Consultants and staff from Senses will be attending on Friday the 16th of September from 10am. You will have the opportunity to hear from and speak with industry experts, educators and service providers on the latest assistive technology news.

If you are interested in attending and require support/transport please let Karen Wickham know as soon as possible. We can share a lunch at VisAbility Café after the workshops. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Email: karen.wickham@senses.org.au

Sunday 21st of August, 2016: The Hangout Indoor Rock Climbing and Abseiling Center, Bayswater.

Hot Rod day at Malaga 2016

West Coast Street Rod Club

On Saturday 23rd April 2016 the West Coast Street Rod Club had generously offered to host an event for Deafblind West Australians and their supporters, providing joy rides and information about their amazing vehicles.

Australians Inherited Retinal Diseases and DNA data bank Information session

Dr John De Roach and Terri McLaren from the Australian Inherited Retinal Disease Register and DNA Bank (AIRDR) kindly offered to come and speak to our group. This was a rare opportunity to hear straight from the research practitioners. Dr John De Roach is the Principal Medical Physicist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and is the Principal Investigator for the AIRDR. Terri McLaren is an Associate Investigator for tAIRDR and has worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital since 1980. The presentation was on the establishment of the Australian Inherited Retinal Disease Register and DNA Bank (AIRDR). Particular emphasis was given to results relevant to members of the Deafblind West Australian Group.

For information about any of our events please contact Karen Wickham: Senior Social Worker, Deafblind Consultant, Senses Australia: karen.wickham@senses.org.au