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 with deafblindness 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 people with deafblindness 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 people with deafblindness.   This principle has been upheld for the past 21 years. 

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 with deafblindness
  • Systemic advocacy to improve support
  • Support and encouragement for self advocacy
  • Community Education
  • Information and referral

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