Our Voices Newsletter April 2020 | Telethon Speech & Hearing

‘Our Voices’ First Voice Newsletter – April 2020

Keep abreast of the issues facing deaf children, their families and service providers across the globe in the latest edition of ‘Our Voices’.

The year is already off to a flying start as we consolidate on our successes in 2019 and tackle fresh issues and challenges including:

  • the impacts of COVID 19 on children, families, services and revenue at our member centres;
  • proposed improvements to NDIS referral pathways to protect and enhance children’s speech and language outcomes; and
  • fresh concerns about contestability of Hearing Australia’s audiological services to children.

This edition focuses on Advocacy. This takes various forms across First Voice and its member centres. From high-level political advocacy, through to supporting parents’ advocacy for funding and supports for their child. Teaching deaf children self-advocacy skills before they start school so they can fully participate in the classroom, schoolyard and extracurricular activities – and simply stand up for themselves when required.

Advocacy stories and reports from First Voice leadership, member centres and families throughout this edition amply illustrate the diversity, professionalism, passion and spirit of collaboration that characterises our approach to working with – and positively influencing – government, government agencies and others in our sector to achieve the best possible outcomes for all.

To read the latest edition of the Our Voices newsletter, click here.