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Federal Funding to provide National Deafblind Information Hub

Senses Australia, the national not-for-profit organisation who provides individualised support with people with disabilities, has been announced as a grant recipient from the federal government.  The funding was in the form of an Information Linkages and Capacity (ILC) National Readiness…

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Belinda’s ready for blindfolded challenge to help celebrate International White Cane Day

Helena Valley resident, Belinda Allen, will help Senses Australia celebrate International White Cane Day on Thursday, 15 October 2015, by travelling from home to work blindfolded and will use a white cane to help find her way. "I hope this…

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Help Darren make his dream become a reality

Twenty three year old Darren from Bunbury, has a vision and hearing impairment but he isn't going to let that stop him when he takes part in the 2016 SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia in Busselton.  And, he needs your help…

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Calling for research participants

Karen Wickham, a Senses Australia Deafblind Consultant interviewed by radio station 5 RPH Adelaide's Focal Point program about the research she is conducting. Senses Australia, a leading disability service provider with a difference, is working in collaboration with Edith Cowan University's…

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Support for people who are deafblind within NDIS and My Way NDIS

Position statement: The role of Auslan interpreters compared to the role of communication guide support workers in assisting people who are deafblind. Senses Australia is a disability not-for-profit organisation who provide a specialist service for people who are Deafblind.  Senses…

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A visit to the Kimberleys

Senses Australia's Deafblind Consultants, Karen Wickham and Angela Wills travelled to the Kimberley region of Western Australia recently to hold training workshops. "Staff from agencies working in disability, aged care and education sectors in Kununurra, Halls Creek and Broome took…

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Calling for research participants

Are you the child of a parent with Usher Syndrome or dual sensory loss?  We need your help! Senses Australia, in collaboration with Edith Cowan University are undertaking a research study to help better understand the experiences and impacts of…

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Orientation and Mobility

For people who are vision impaired, blind or deafblind, orientation and mobility training may be an option for them to learn skills to navigate and move around their environment independently and safely with little or no vision. Linda is deafblind,…

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Youth Leadership Development Program for individuals who are deafblind

This program aims to provide assistance to youth who are deafblind in developing their personal skills to enable them to undertake more significant leadership roles in their personal or professional lives. Click here to find out more.

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Supporting people with Dual Sensory Loss/Deafblindness

Expressions of interest are invited from people who would like to attend a workshop in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. A full day or half day of training could include: An overview of dual sensory loss/deafblindness Communication strategies Basic…

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Reserve Bank of Australia – Next Generation Banknotes: Additional Feature for the vision impaired

The Governor, Glenn Stevens, has today announced that the next generation of Australian banknotes will include a 'tactile' feature to assist people with a vision impairment. As previously announced, existing features to help the vision impaired tell the difference between…

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Senses Australia to help end the isolation for many older Australians

Age related dual sensory loss or deafblindness is an isolating disability for our growing ageing population.  Senses Australia will undertake an Australia wide project called 'Ending the Isolation' to help older Australians living with deafblindness. Matthew Wittorff, Senses Australia's Manager…

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Deafblind Services – Showcase of Conference Presentations

Late last year, Senses Australia held the 'Deafblind Services - Showcase of Conference Presentations' to celebrate the 2014 International Day of People with Disability. Senses Australia staff have presented across Australia and internationally, including Brazil, France, Denmark and Sweden on service…

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Dual Sensory Family Forum – Connecting Families

The Dual Sensory Family Forum is an online forum for families of children with Dual Sensory Impairment or Deafblindness (combined hearing and vision impairment).  The Dual Sensory Family Forum is part of the Australian Childhood Vision Register. Launched in June…

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Western Australian ‘Wild Western Deafblind Camp’

Senses Australia was very proud to recently host the 'Wild Western Deafblind Camp' on November 14 - 16 2014 at the Ern Halliday Recreation Camp, Hillarys, Western Australia. The WA Deafblind Camp provided an opportunity for people who are deafblind…

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Deb’s experience – The Western Australian camp for people who are deafblind 2014

Deb attended the 2014 Western Australian camp for people who are deafblind and shares her experiences. "I enjoyed my weekend at camp.  The Dancing was great on Friday night.  Saturday I did some craft in the morning after lunch we…

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Wilma’s experience – The Western Australian camp for people who are deafblind 2014

Wilma attended the 2014 Western Australian camp for people who are deafblind and shares her experiences. "I was SURE, ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE, this could not be as good as the last one in 2012.  That was impossible!!! I was right!! It…

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Linda’s experience – The Western Australian camp for people who are deafblind

Linda attended the 2014 Western Australian camp for people who are deafblind and shares her experiences. "From, Friday, 14 November 2014 to Sunday, 16 November 2014 the Western Australian camp for people who are deafblind was held at Ern Halliday…

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Deafblind Services ‘Showcase of Conference Presentations’

Join us on Tuesday, 2 December 2014, when Senses Australia's Deafblind Services brings together a number of plenary and workshop papers that have been presented at national and international conferences. Where: Technology Park Function Centre. 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley…

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Sharing knowledge and skills

At the 9th National Deafblind Conference in Sydney, which was held in June this year, Matthew Wittorff, Senses Australia’s Manager Deafblind Services, presented the outcomes of the research he conducted for his Masters Degree.  His research, titled ‘The Impact of…

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Western Australian camp for people who are deafblind

'Wild Western Theme' Senses Australia is pleased to announce that the Western Australia Camp for people who are deafblind will be held from Friday, 14 November 2014 to Sunday, 16 November 2014 at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp, Hillarys, Western Australia.…

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Australian Rare Disease Survey for Adults

Are you aged 18 years or older and living with a rare disease in Australia? You are invited to participate in The Australian Rare Diseases Survey for Adults.  This study is being conducted between 21 July 2014 and 1 September…

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Wilma lets nothing stand in her way

Despite having Usher Syndrome, Bentley resident Wilma has not let this stand in her way of learning to play the piano as well as follow her love of painting and drawing. Having severe tunnel vision and severe hearing loss, Wilma…

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Patrick’s a real inspiration

An avid violin player, 85 year old Patrick, lost his hearing when he was just 10 years old and developed Glaucoma later in life, but that hasn't stopped him. Having played the violin since he was five years old, Patrick,…