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DEAFBLIND LUNCH AT HORNSBY RSL ON 22ND JUNE 2019

PLEASE NOTE – JUNE DEAFBLIND AWARENESS WEEK IS ONE WEEK EARLY!! 

Even though Deafblind Awareness week is usually held in the last week of June with an outing on the Sunday at beginning and Awareness lunch on the last Saturday, this year we are going to have to have the Lunch on the Saturday at the beginning of the week, and only the one event.

I apologise for this as I will be in Melbourne for my grandson Geordie’s 18th birthday. It is not possible to expect other volunteers to organise the week’s celebrations.  We are not alone in changing the date as Victoria are having just one Awareness day on 19th June, and we know of no other celebrations. Throughout the world these are now being confined to Helen Keller’s birthdate, 27th June, not the whole week.

Venue: Hornsby RSL

Cost: $30 for lunch and coffee

Time: 11.30am

 

It is going to be even more important, this month, to advise DBA(NSW) if you are coming so we can book venue, organise bus and volunteers.  It would also be great if volunteers could let me know early too, if they are available.  Please call/text Janne 0432 570 210 or janneb@iinet.net.au

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VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNTIES

Able Australia, is hosting the 17th Deafblind International World Conference being held on the Gold Coast at The Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort & Spa from 12-16 August, 2019.

Can you help?

We’re looking for volunteers with Auslan experience and those who don’t but who would be happy to help during the conference. Duties would include:

·       Directing people

·       Handing out conference materials

·       Supporting people who may have mobility issues

·       For those who have Auslan experience, you may be asked to provide communication support to deafblind or deaf delegates at the conference.  You will not be asked to provide ongoing one-to-one support to delegates.

Please note – all deafblind delegates will have their own personal interpreters at the conference.

In return for your support Able Australia will provide:

·       Training prior to the conference starting

·       A roster so you know when you’re scheduled to volunteer and where

·       A full briefing as to what need to be done on the day/s you are volunteering

·       Able/DBI t-shirts that clearly identify you as a conference volunteer

·       Free meals (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) on the days you are volunteering

·       The opportunity to meet members of the dynamic and vibrant international deafblind community.

You can volunteer for the whole conference or select days of the conference.

If you would be interested in taking part as a volunteer please contact Carla Anderson on carla.anderson@ableaustralia.org.au

17th DEAFBLIND INTERNATIONAL WORLD CONFERENCE

Hosted by Able Australia, the 17th Deafblind International World Conference will be held on the Gold Coast, Australia on 12-16 August 2019.

Mark this date in your diary and watch this space as we continue to add more information about what's on, where to go and what to expect.

In the meantime, if you need to know anything please send an email to dbi2019@ableaustralia.org.au

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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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