DeafBlind Association (NSW)

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About DeafBlind Association (NSW)

A social group for deafblind people was set up in 1989 by representatives from the then Royal Blind Society, the Deaf Society and Challenge Foundation Hornsby who realised that  people who are deafblind were not receiving the support they needed from either deaf or vision services.

DBANSW was formed out of the original social group by Trish James from Royal Blind Society, Peter Mulham from the Deaf Society and Janne Bidenko from Challenge Hornsby.

Since then the association has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of deafblind people by facilitating communication, providing individual advocacy, organising social events, hosting and attending conferences, lobbying government, providing education and networking with other disability agencies. 

According to the constitution adopted in 1997, two-thirds of the executive committee must be deafblind people, and at present all members of the executive committee are deafblind.

The association provides a number of services on an ongoing basis. These include:   

  • “Hand-over-Hand Club” monthly outings  (last Saturday February-November)
  • “Crafties” monthly craft sessions (3nd Friday February-November)
  • “Rainbow News” monthly newsletter 
  • Advocacy for adults who are deafblind
  • Systemic advocacy to improve support
  • Support and encouragement for self advocacy

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