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.



The next HoH outing will be the Disabled Surf Carnival on Saturday 29th February 2020 – Collaroy. Registering from 9am for a 10am start.

Mark it in your diary. More information in the January & February Rainbow News.



 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