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Workshops: Deafblindness and developmental disability

Thinking about your training needs in 2024?  Do you work in the disability, education or aged care sector? Do you know the vision and hearing status of all your service users? Do you or your colleagues work with people with…

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A parent’s perspective on supporting and advocating for her deafblind son

The Deafblind International Communication Network is delighted to announce the fifth event of their webinar series. Lillias Liston has a son with deafblindness. She will share her perspective on the early experience of this. Topics include feelings after having a…

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DBIA wins access awards

On 22nd November 2023, Melanie Robartson, Project Officer, attended the Australian Access Awards. The Centre for Accessibility Australia runs this event. The organisation works to improve access for everyone to technology and the internet. The Australian Access Awards recognise organisations…

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Past webinars

Between 2021 and 2023, project officers and invited guests of Deafblind Information Australia (DBIA) ran live webinars on topics in deafblindness as part of their grant funded work to increase awareness and knowledge of congenital deafblindness. Following is the collection…

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Interoception: The eighth sense webinar

Deafblind Information Australia is running one more Zoom webinar before the end of 2023. All webinars are free to attend and will be recorded and then added to the Deafblind Information Australia website | News page. All webinars will: have…

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Workshops 2023 | Congenital deafblindness

Workshops offered in all states and territories In 2023 Deafblind Information Australia will run a two day workshops in each Australian capital city. This practical workshop is suitable for anyone with a connection to * combined deafness and blindness *…

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Deafblind Awareness Week celebrations around Australia

Deafblind Awareness celebrations in Australia will take place throughout this month. See details below about events and activities in your state! Western Australia Date: Tuesday 27th June Time: 10am to 2pm Location: Perth City Farm – 1 City Farm Place,…

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Orientation & Mobility (O&M) and congenital deafblindness webinar

People with deafblindness can benefit from the development of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills. These enable them to understand their surroundings, know where they are, and to move through their environment safely and independently. The webinar will be live captioned…

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Cortical / cerebral vision impairment (CVI) webinar

Natalia Kelly is an orthoptist based in Melbourne, Australia, with 20 years of experience and a particular interest in paediatric vision and neurological vision impairment. She is also the owner and operator of an orthoptic practice, a university lecturer at…

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Tactile communication and the use of different hand positions: Deafblind International Communication Network Webinar recording now available

Click here to access the recording for Tactile communication and the use of different hand positions webinar The Deafblind International Communication Network are delighted to be hosting a series of webinars. The first webinar on Early Intervention in April 2021…

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Webinar | Mealtimes for children with vision and hearing impairment: Creating everyday eating and drinking routines

Presenter: Emma Necus Emma is a speech pathologist and international board-certified lactation consultant based in Brisbane, Australia. She is the clinical lead for speech pathology for National 360, and is the owner and director of Feed and Grow. Emma has…

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From emerging gestures to tactile sign language webinar

Steve Rose has been a practicing Speech and Language Therapist for nearly 20 years. He has skills in engagement and assessment of people with multiple disability. His interests include deafblindness, sensory impairment, autism, cerebral palsy and rare diseases. Steve is…

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The basic human need for less ambiguity and more opportunities for closure: Towards a better understanding of deafblindness webinar

  Maurice Belote has worked exclusively in the field of deafblindness for 41 years. Most recently, Maurice served as Project Coordinator of California Deafblind Services from 1992 until his retirement in 2021. He is currently adjunct faculty with two university…

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Connection & communication in congenital deafblindness workshops around Australia

Deafblind Information Australia project officers will host a series of one day workshops around Australia until December 2023. This interactive workshop is suitable for education staff, therapy professionals, families and others caring for or providing services to people without full…

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Introducing signing and other communication strategies to families of children with deafblindness

Madelene is the parent of a 22 year old with CHARGE Syndrome and President of CHARGE Syndrome Australasia Ltd, a not for profit support group for families and individuals with CHARGE syndrome in Australia and New Zealand. Rob is a…

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Deafblind Awareness Month 2022

Deafblind Awareness celebrations in Australia will take place throughout this month. See details below about events and activities in your state! NSW 24th June: Fair day with stalls, merchandise, Auslan classes and more at Devonshire St, Newcastle West 9th July:…

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From emerging gestures to tactile sign language: Deafblind International Communication Network Webinar 3

The third of the Deafblind International (DbI) Communication Networks webinars is based on research and on A framework for learners developing bodily-tactile communication and tactile sign language skills (2021) by Steve Rose. Steve Rose is a Speech and Language Therapist…

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Orthoptics and congenital deafblindness webinar

Deafblind Information Australia welcomes Natalia Kelly as a guest presenter for this webinar. She will talk about the role of an orthoptist as an integral part of the care team for someone with deafblindness and explain what a functional vision…

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Congenital deafblindness workshops around Australia

Workshops offered in all states and territories Image description: One child lays their hands over and grasps the hands of an adult. Another child rests their right hand on the adult's forearm. Only the arms and hands are visible in…

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Creative arts therapy and congenital deafblindness

Webinar Find out about the role of a Creative Arts Therapist and what the creative arts can offer people with congenital deafblindness; across the areas of wellbeing, communication, and the development of new interests and skills. The audience will have…

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Meaning Making

Webinar The Deafblind International Communication Network are delighted to be hosting a series of three webinars. The series is based on research and on the outline in the Series of booklets Communication and Congenital Deafblindness (published by the National Board of…

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Individual Communication Handbook

Webinar The webinar will cover the development of the content and the accessibility features of the Individual Communication Handbook template, developed by Deafblind Information Australia project officers in conjunction with an accessibility savvy graphic designer. It's role in supporting the…

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Congenitally deafblind communication methods and decision making

Webinar This free webinar is suitable for education staff, therapy professionals, families and carers wanting to learn about deafblind communication methods and how people come to decisions about what methods they will use. It includes a question-and-answer session. It will…

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Deafblind Technology Project (Victoria)

Participants wanted! Are you a person with deafblindness, or are you a family member of a person with deafblindness? Do you live in Victoria?  Are you or your family member interested in exploring technology? We are running a project looking…