Centre for Families

The WAFDC Centre for Families offers a new and vital service to address the hidden issues for Deaf and/or hard of hearing (DHH) children and their families. We aim to make a difference to the lives of DHH children and their families from cradle to career.

Our evidence based and holistic approach to education and learning beyond the school room can transform young lives and have a significant positive impact for families and the community. Helping families navigate the complex range of needs from diagnosis to schooling by facilitating referral pathways for appropriate services and support.

Our focus is on providing quality services that continues our legacy of championing the needs of DHH children in Western Australia. By working with other service providers we believe:

  • DHH children and their families should have timely access to unbiased specialised knowledge and information.
  • DHH children and their families should have access to professionally qualified service providers who have the core knowledge and skills to enhance the child’s development and child/family wellbeing
  • DHH children and young people should have positive opportunities to improve their education, learning, social and emotional wellbeing

Our Centre for Families

Community engagement

  • Provide information and support to children with a hearing loss and their families to improve their knowledge and self-advocacy skills.
  • Improve family support networks within the deaf community for parents and carers of children with a hearing loss.
  • Provide accurate and unbiased information and resources to support families.
  • Improve collaborative opportunities to work in partnership.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Provide opportunities for professionals and families to improve their knowledge and expertise and skills.
  • Improve the confidence and skills of families by improving their knowledge.

Children and Young people’s social wellbeing

  • Provide opportunities for DHH children and young people to develop their practical knowledge and skills.
  • Improve the confidence, emotional wellbeing and connectedness of children and young adults