DeafBlind Association (NSW)

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This Outing will be our last HOH for 2019

Due to the heat we do get at this time of year, we have moved into an indoor venue, which was a well-liked and enjoyed place of lunch post an outing in 2018. And this will also save “a lot” prep prior to the day with shopping for the BBQ food and also having few volunteers cooking the BBQ and others prepping food on to plates and passing them out to the members.

We will be having lunch at Tattersalls Hotel in Penrith, where for $12 would be having a nice meal, so many people commented how nice for the staff to serve us meals at the same time and we were able to relax and eat and chatted as a group without volunteers jumping up to collect or order things for members and eating on the run!

There are several choices to pick from all $12, like what we do at Bobbin Head HOH day, please kindly inform me which meal you would like to order, as we are planning to arrive at 12, and the staff will bring our lunch out at 12.15pm.

Choices are…. (all $12 each) -drinks at bar prices so please allow for that (soft drink and cuppas)

1)Rump steak with chips, salad & choice of gravy

2) Chicken wrap (soft tortilla with chicken, cos, bacon, parmesan cheese & Caesar dressing.

3) Beer battered fish, served with chips, salad and tartare sauce

4) Pan Fried fish, served with chips, salad and garlic butter

5) Roast Pumpkin salad (baby spinach, roast pumpkin, walnuts, feta cheese with balsamic dressing)

6) Salt & Pepper squid with salad, chips, aioli & lemon

RSVP closes for this outing on 22nd Nov 4pm email or 0413250843 (sms only!) We do know a few members who are unable to sms/email and you know who you are and we have worked another solution for your rsvp! Must inform us

a) name

b) if bringing own commguide or house staff to assist you

c) if you required bus transport (or meeting us there independently or with your commguide) this allows us to arrange bus routes. Sometimes we didn’t need to take both buses and used 1 bus and few cars due to numbers, and also sometimes we need to “pre book in numbers attended at venue so enough seating etc can be arranged etc”

d) what meal you would like to order for lunch (support staff/commguides/house staff this also for you as well, if required, so it will all come out of kitchen as whole group!

ADDRESS TATTERSALLS HOTEL: - 95 Station St, Cnr Union Lane Penrith 2750

TIME: 12.00

COST: $12 plus $10 for drinks and $10 gift


(if coming from Great western highway end of “station street” you would be turning RIGHT into Union lane from Station Street, BEFORE the roundabout!

If coming from m4 direction you would be turning LEFT into Union Lane from Station Street, AFTER the roundabout!

This would be your closest parking to the Tattersalls’ making it easy for members and people supporting them.

For people using public transport, it’s a short 6min walk from Penrith Station along Station street.

Format of the Hoh Nov (on the day)

Meet at 12, (please assist to have money handy to give over so we can pay, then chat) lunch will be serve to us at 12.15pm, later we are able to have a Cuppa and have a visit from DBA Santa!!

## note … please bring a gift of $10 wrapped and written on outside with marker “female” OR “male” OR “either” this will assist DBA Santa a lot!! Since he/she has never met you all and trying to remember makes it hard for him/her!! (but they know all about how good you have been all year RIGHT!???)

NOTE- to all house staff/support staff/members, I will be away for this HOH, though still doing all the rsvp and will be setting it up all the people rsvp for our lovely bus drivers, once they have worked out the times, then a person will informed “everyone who had rsvp that requested assistance with transport” everyone else who not need transport and volunteers we will meet you at tattersalls at 12noon.

NOTE- though I’m deafblind myself I’m still able to assist in this arranging and using my skills to help with dba in this way, please understand that I would not be able to speak on the phone, so please house staff please refine from “calling” and not leave a message in sms! I don’t have all the numbers and don’t have all the names of the houses and we also have more than one house under Forsight for example. So …eg this is Sally Forsight staff from (member house) so I can link to which member, we would like to book in to Nov HOH and we will be meeting the group there and like to order …..etc I have also provided with my email which few members/volunteers have emailed me which is great way to communicating information about booking into for “HOH NOV” -subject line bar please so stands out.

I know things have change and will get some time to pick it up. BUT we must share all the load that Janne has carried so long!

With Janne “hanging up her boots” [Janne's words] in a lot of areas of DBA, that she has done so tirelessly over the years and I mean YEARS!! (for those who only recently joined DBA as a volunteer or member, I know there’s a few-welcome, Janne was co-founder of DBA in 1989 along with Trish James (RBS) and Peter Mulham (DS), Trish has since passed away, but their legacy continues with Janne being the driving force over the years for benefit of deafblind people, while making awareness and broadening community knowledge of our unique dual loss and acceptance into community with equal rights!!



 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

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