Our Centre for Families
- 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
In 2017, join us at:
- Family Network Group
WAFDC provides community support through our Family Network Group (FNG). Parents are invited to come along to information sessions designed to: improve knowledge to be able to make informed decisions regarding their child’s hearing loss; provide the skills to self-advocate; learn a skill; or to learn from an expert.
Parents are also invited to fun events for families to meet other families who are on a similar journey in a relaxed environment including have a go days for families to participate in things like archery, circus workshops, athletics and craft.
- Parent Connect Morning Tea
Parents and carers are invited to attend morning tea’s every term to meet one another. Meeting at WAFDC, these are casual unstructured get togethers, providing an opportunity for conversation, sharing knowledge and friendship between parents.
- Peer Mentoring
For Parents: WAFDC provides trained parent mentors who you can talk to about your child’s hearing loss and their experience as a parent, people who have been on a similar path. Parents supporting other parents.
For Children/Youth: Rock & Water, Resilient Doughnut and peer mentoring for young people. WAFDC provides structured training and skill development for children of different age groups to meet and participate in programs that build self-esteem, improve confidence and develop anti bullying strategies and skills.
WAFDC works with Hear For You to provide trained mentors who are Deaf and/or have a hearing loss who can work with your child to build self-advocacy skills.
- D.E.A.F Express
Each year WAFDC hosts a number of speakers to tell us their story about a specific topic. Young people, parents and experts provide short presentations on a topic that is Encouraging, Assisting and Factual, relating to Deaf or Hard of Hearing.