Welcome to the web pages of the DeafBlind Association (NSW) Inc. We are a voluntary, not for profit organisation, incorporated in New South Wales, Australia. We advocate on behalf of people who are deafblind, as well as conducting social activities and events. Please take the time to look at our pages and find out a little about deafblindness.
The DeafBlind Association (NSW) office is located within the Sydney grounds of Vision Australia. We can be found at:
Vision Australia offices
4 Mitchell Street
Enfield NSW 2136
DeafBlind Association (NSW) gratefully acknowledges Vision Australia's generosity in allowing us to maintain our office within their Sydney premises.
Our office has three computers which are used for general administration of the association, but more importantly are available for the use of any deafblind person who may wish to use them when visiting the office. In order to engender a relaxed atmosphere, the office has a social corner with comfortable chairs, microwave, refrigerator, electric jug and toaster for use of members. The office is staffed by volunteers on Fridays or by arrangement by phoning 0432 510 210. Visitors are welcome.
How to Contact Us
DeafBlind Association (NSW)
P.O. Box 1295
Strathfield NSW 2135
By Telephone, Fax or TTY:
Phone: (02) 9744 0160
Mobile No. 0432 510 210
Fax: (02) 9744 0171
TTY: (02) 9744 0160
Management Committee for 2014
President: Mark Hoarau
Vice President: Gaie Barrett
Treasurer: Peter Minter
Secretary: Irene McMinn
Committee members: Felicity Douglas, Joe Habib, David Dawson, Associate members (non DB): Tony Hirst & Ros Sackley (minute takers), Janne Bidenko (Public Officer), Juanita Macleod, Carolyne Hindmarch and Leonie Ahenkin
Our Mission Statement
"The mission of DBA (NSW) is to facilitate the inclusion of all people who are deafblind into the community by raising public awareness of their unique disability, promoting the use of a variety of communication techniques and promoting the improvement of services and facilities for persons who are deafblind."
The Goals of the Organisation
1. Promote public awareness, recognition and acceptance of the unique needs of individuals who are deafblind;
2. Improve the quality of life of persons who are deafblind in NSW, by
(a) identifying and promoting application of national and international best practice in programs and service provision
(b) promoting the development of programs and services to facilitate opportunities for independent living and community activities;.
3. Provide consultation, collaboration and co-ordination with all service providers supporting persons who are deafblind;
4. Advocate rights for persons who are deafblind and foster the deafblind person's ability to self-advocate by providing them with information or options for problem solving;
5. Represent the interests and needs of persons who are deafblind at the local, state, federal and international level;
6. To promote the use of a variety of communication techniques
7. Identify technology and its implementation and use by persons who are deafblind.