Deaf Services to support Deaf and hard of hearing Territorians

Deaf Services and the Deaf Society has this week announced its intention to begin service provision in the Northern Territory.  
The initial phase of this expansion will ensure the local Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community are supported on their NDIS journey and have a contact point for concerns regarding COVID-19.  
In February 2020 the Boards of Deaf Services Limited and the Deaf Society announced their intention to merge and form a new entity. Prior to this announcement the organisations were the leading providers of support for the Deaf community in Queensland and in New South Wales / ACT respectively. 

Brett Casey, CEO of Deaf Services and the Deaf Society said that while investment into the Northern Territory was a significant move for the organisation, it is an opportunity to deliver a range of whole-of-life programs and services which have not previously been available to the community.  
“Recent changes in the availability of support for Deaf people in the Northern Territory have driven the need for swift intervention – providing continuity of support, but also building the capacity of the Deaf community in the Northern Territory in a way which resonates with our organisation’s vision”, Mr Casey said. 
“The provision of services in Auslan will provide a greater choice and control for community members, whether they are receiving NDIS supports or wishing to access the scheme in the future.  
“We have spoken with the service providers who have knowledge of the community and will work alongside them to make sure no community member is left behind.  
“In addition to the existing Deaf and hard of hearing NDIS participants in the region, we will ensure all Deaf community members in the Northern Territory are empowered with the support they need to thrive.  
“Our existing ‘Auslan Hubs’ video community access program, as well as the increased move to virtual service delivery due to COVID-19 means we have the ability to compliment on-the-ground service delivery with virtual support models.  
“This initial commitment is just the beginning as we look to further engage with all parts of the community and understand their needs beyond NDIS support. Once on the ground we will be able to engage with the community and evaluate these needs especially in the area of early intervention for Deaf children and their families as well as Aged care services for those Deaf people over 65.“ 

Deaf Services and the Deaf Society will be undertaking a recruitment process for an Auslan fluent support worker in July 2020, and communicating with the local Deaf community to ensure their needs are met.  


For more information, Deaf Community members can contact Deaf Services during business hours on Skype; (Community Access 1, Community Access 2, Community Access 3), via email; community.access@deafservices.org.au or via SMS or FaceTime (in Auslan); 0438 408 074. 

Deaf Services and the Deaf Society  
In February 2020 the Boards of Deaf Services Limited and the Deaf Society announced their intention to merge and form a new entity - Australia’s largest provider of whole-of-life support for the Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind communities.  
With shared history, vision and strengths, as well as over 200 years of proven community support, Deaf Services and the Deaf Society stands with the Deaf community - delivering services across the east coast as well as Auslan interpreting and advocacy nationally. 
Prior to this merger announcement Deaf Services Limited and the Deaf Society were the leading providers of support for the Deaf community in Queensland and New South Wales / ACT respectively. Both organisations are registered service providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Deaf Services is a nationally recognised provider of home care for seniors.  
For more information visit www.deafservices.org.au and www.deafsociety.org.au  

Media Opportunities: 

Comment is available from Mr Brett Casey, CEO Deaf Services 

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Ian Harvey Ross, Head of Marketing Deaf Services 
07 3892 8530 or ian.harveyross@deafservices.org.au 

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