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National Disability Strategy

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DEAFNESS FORUM OF AUSTRALIA represents all interests and viewpoints of the 3.5 million Australians who have a hearing impairment, a chronic disorder of the ear, are Deaf or deafblind, and the families who support them.

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.

Deafness Forum of Australia gratefully acknowledges funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present. We acknowledge the challenges facing Indigenous leaders and families to overcome the unacceptably high levels of ear health issues among our first Australians.

Learn more about Deafness Forum here


Join us for the nation’s great forum for the 3.5 million Australians who have a hearing impairment, a chronic disorder of the ear, are Deaf or deafblind, and the families who support them.

There’s great value at this year’s Summit at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 3 to 4 May.

Admission fees have been substantially reduced to make it more affordable for consumer delegates, fulltime students, accompanying persons, pension card holders and parents or guardians of young people with hearing loss. This was made possible by the generous support of the XXXII World Congress of Audiology organisers, the Department of Social Services, Australian Communication Exchange, Cochlear Ltd and Australian Hearing.

Full communication access will be available - captions, hearing loop and interpreters.

The Summit has been endorsed for CPD points for members of Australian College of Audiology and Australian College of Audiology.

Learn more, check the program and register here

The Summit is an official associated event of the XXXII World Congress of Audiology -



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Teachers - do you use captions in the classroom? Captions assists all students in your class. Captions improve literacy skills. The cap that! captioned for learning national campaign can tell you how to set up captions in your classroom and use them effectively across all subject areas. Ω  Find out more about using captions and the Australian Curriculum and where to find captioned material. Ω


  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

Ideas for gaining the ear of your political representative


What is Auslan?


International deafness symbol FACT SHEETS
Captions Brochures
Organisations that can help you Hearing loops
National Disability Insurance Scheme  







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