DEAFNESS FORUM OF AUSTRALIA represents all interests and viewpoints of the one in six Australians who are Hearing Impaired, Deaf or deafblind, have a chronic ear or balance disorder and their families. It provides balanced and realistic advice to the Australian Government and the Opposition to inform public policy and build a fairer and more inclusive nation for the people we represent.
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Andy King, head coach for Surfing Australia
“I was walking home from a night club with my girlfriend (now my wife) and her girlfriend. A group of eight men from an out of town football club were leaving at the same time. They started harassing the girls when a fight broke out. I basically got beaten up and my head hit the gutter.
“I woke up in the hospital brain injury unit a week later with two fractured cochleas, no equilibrium and a completely different life ahead of me. No one expected me to surf again after my injuries, but I was back on my board within 3 months. It seems the lengths I went to and the risks I took inspired the crew at Red Bull and they offered me a mentoring role. I love getting paid to help make people’s lives better. I’ve known Mick Fanning for half his life. We’ve been through a similar journey of loss and recovery. And we’ve always lived by the same principle - “A tragic rock bottom is a perfect opportunity to rebuild a better you” so you should never stop improving daily.”
A real life story from Australians who triumphed over adversity.
Join us for the nation’s great forum for people who have a hearing impairment or chronic disorder of the ear, are Deaf or Deafblind – and the families who support them.
The National Deafness Sector Summit is on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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Real Life Experiences of Australians living with hearing loss
National Disability Insurance Scheme: check your eligibility
Never too late to hear better is a video and manual for staff and volunteers in aged care facilities
Communication Accessibility Guidelines for Meetings and Public Events is a guide for event organisers to ensure that events meet the communication needs of deaf and hearing impaired people to allow them full participation at various functions
Hearing Augmentation Systems - A Signage Guide for architects, building designers, project managers, building surveyors, venue managers and audio-visual integrators
Hear Here cards - make your statement about excessive noise in public places
How loud is too loud? Hearing simulator
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