DeafBlind Association (NSW)

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AGM 2020

Normally our AGM is held at the end of January. However a new date and more information about the AGM will be posted as soon as possible.



***Hand Over Hand Club 29TH FEBRUARY 2020 – JANETTA, Hand Over Hand Club COORDINATOR

As usual our 1st Hand Over Hand Club OutingOH is joining in with the much fun and water experience with DSA (disabled surfers Ass)

A day for people of all disabilities and all ages to enjoy a surfing experience, with volunteers working in teams with an experienced team leader.

Date: Saturday 29th Feb 2020

Where: Collaroy beach (as go into carpark head south where you can see all the marquees set up!)

Time: 9am register (ie assist members you are bringing to marquee, assist to pay their money, they will get arm band with their name on it (just helps “teams” chat to them if can’t say name even if can’t hear etc DSA still chat to people, as they are helping you or chat to volunteers/support, eg ‘we have Irene, then Joe when she comes back’ in this group etc) another colour band will be provided if you can’t float, don’t stress just easy way informed DSA if “do” happen to come off what more assistance needed etc. DSA will provide members with a “yellow” rashie, this to be returned at the end of the day! Then volunteers/support assist members to go to the toilet and get change into swimmers and suncream!!!

Activities will begin at 10am at the rockpool, please assist members walk down to rockpool in time please

What to bring: swimmers, towels, hat, suncream, drink for the bus

Cost: ?$20-30

Rsvp: CLOSES 4PM FRI 21ST FEB! email or 0413250843 (SMS only)

VOLUNTEERS/SUPPORT WORKERS: please let us know if coming,(with name and mobile number) as once before we had wet weather and one bus decided not to stay and went to have lunch at a club, and we had no way knowing who coming to see if others meet at club and assist with that bus instead of coming all way to the beach etc

ALSO NOTE: I will be out of mobile reach Fri 8pm till after DSA day has ended, as I will be up before sunrise setting up with other DSA volunteers so the day will be all ready for everyone by 9am!


About the day: our members will be starting in the rockpool, where they get a go on the long surfboards getting glided along water with team of DSA volunteers a few times, every now and again they may line up about 6 boards teams and have a “race” to the end of the pool. But we still experience surf board in the rockpool, once members have finished in the rockpool they may like morning tea/drink/toilet before making their way to the beach and having their names put down on the list once arriving at marquee/tent on beach, assist them to wait and be their “ears” for when their name is being called out and ready for the “surf” session they will be informed which colour banner to go to. After they had their go, assist back to land, they may like to get changed. Have lunch bbq is provided. Then DSA often have fun beach games, fun to watch and few members have enjoyed taking part in the past. Then DSA prestation’s. Ian won best surfer last year! Nell also won this in past and I have won volunteer of the day one year. Then we thank DSA for wonderful day and head home.



 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.

We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from Deafblind and Volunteers, please contact Karen Wickham

Mobile: 0424 900 788, Email:



If you love using technologies such as smartphones and computers, and you enjoy supporting other people to learn, we would love to hear from you.

We have a small group of members with different degrees of hearing loss and sight loss are currently seeking help to practice technologies. The two-hour session is from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm on the 3rd Friday of each month at 29 Burwood Rd, Concord NSW. Our group has been running for more than a year now.

This is a challenging but highly rewarding volunteering role – you will “see” things through the “eyes” of people with deafblindness. You will have unique opportunities to practice multiple ways of communication. More importantly, this may change the life of people with deafblindness, as mastering technology brings unmeasurable possibilities. In return, our members may also teach you some Auslan signs, fingerspelling, braille skills as well as the hidden functions of a smartphone and secret apps.

Whether you have relevant experience or not, your involvement will be invaluable.

We will find suitable tasks that suit your passion and ability. We're sure your participation will enhance inclusion and bring us new ideas for communication, technology and social integration.

We look forward to meeting you and learning more about each other. Drop-ins are also welcome.

*Art and Craft group start from 1 pm on the same days, volunteers are also wanted.

Contact: Janne Bidenko, and 0432 570 210


VOLUNTEER TRAINING DAYS – Steve Ripley and Rosie Profilio

DBA(NSW) will present 3 Interconnected Training Days
at Office Training Room, 29 Burwood Rd, Concord 2137

Session 1: Saturday 21st September 2019  (COMPLETED)
Session 2: Saturday 2nd November 2019 (Cancelled New Date TBA) Session 3: Saturday 15th February 2020 
(Cancelled New Date TBA)

Great opportunity to not only learn much more about Deafblindness on 1st session, but to spend a day on communication at the 2nd  session and Orientation and Mobility (Guiding Techniques) at the 3rd session.

Time: 9:30-4:30 each day

Cost of Training - Free for this Initial Course, but must attend all three!!

 Lunch provided – Gold Coin Donation





Annmaree Watharoy is a Deafblind PHD candidate with University of Technology, Sydney. Annmaree is wanting to interview Deafblind people about their experiences of being in hospital.  Interviews can be face to face, email, mail or Skype.  Contact Annmaree if you are interested in sharing a story by email at



Bi-monthly Board Meetings        

2nd Friday of even months

Technology Practice Session 10-12.30am

3rd Friday of month 

Craft in afternoon 1-3pm

3rd Friday of month