DeafBlind Association (NSW)

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION GROUP!

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, dbansw@bigpond.com and 0432 570 210

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SEPTEMBER OUTING TO FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK – Janetta Simpson

At Featherdale we have the amazing opportunity to experience an owl encounter! This will be an “extra” $15 on top of entry cost. This is for up to 4 people so you could have owl encounter by yourself or with your support person, or 2 people with 2 support people or as a family eg Brendon, Jo & little Rosa

You will be given a special glove to put on and staff will assist you. You will receive 3 photos, 2 of them are 6x4 (normal size) and one larger one of 8x10. These do not need to be booked prior to the day, HOWEVER we will be collecting the $15 CASH for it when we collect your entry fee of $29 CASH. IF WE GET 15 PEOPLE IT WILL COME DOWN TO $20.50 so it is necessary to notify Janne ASAP!!

ALSO PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPANION CARD FOR YOUR SUPPORT PERSON/DBA VOLUNTEER TO GET IN TO SUPPORT YOU!!

RSVP - closes STRICTLY ONE WEEK PRIOR TO ALL OUTINGS FOR ALL BUSES TO ARRANGE & VENUE BOOK IF NEEDED.
THIS OUTING BOOKING CLOSES ON CLOSE OF BUSINESS 4pm ON 20th SEPT.

DATE:         28th September 2019

COST:        $20.50 as long as we have 15 DB people attending (which we usually do) but replies must be in by 20th. Otherwise $29, but please read above!

                    +$15 for individual if want single encounter with Owl, or this shared between up to 4 people. If people can only pay by card it is essential that they meet us at the entrance to get concession entry.

LUNCH:      Lunch & Coffee can be purchased at the Kiosk, $5 coffee, about $10 to cover pies or sausage rolls. However, you are welcome to bring lunch if you wish.

VENUE:      Featherdale Wildlife Park

                    217-229 Kildare Rd, Doonside 2767 (near Blacktown) 

TIME:          10.30am     

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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
Session 2: Saturday 2nd November 2019
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

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BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLES

DBA(NSW) have a Fundraising Sausage Sizzle coming up on 16th November. These are a great way to keep on top of our costs, and we really appreciate the people who so regularly work at these.

 If anyone is available to volunteer, please let Tony 0425 280 259 or Janne 0432 570 210, know. 

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PHD RESEARCH INTO DEAFBLIND PEOPLE'S EXPERIENCES OF HOSPITAL 

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 88547166@uts.edu.au

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 MEETINGS FOR 2019

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

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