On Tuesday 3rd August, Deafblind Australia (DBA) teamed up with Deafblind Victoria to run a DeafBlind awareness workshop for NDIA workers in metro Melbourne.
The workshop was held at Ross House on Flinders lane but because of Covid-19 restrictions DBV could not give their usual DeafBlind-experience activity for the participants to experience. Instead DeafBlind Victoria gave the workshop online by setting up the presenters as a group in a single room and the workshop was held online on Microsoft Teams.
This had been the very first time that DeafBlind Victoria successfully held a Deafblind workshop for NDIA staff members online. Four DeafBlind presenters worked together to present information to further develop the NDIA’s understanding of the DeafBlind Community, DeafBlind culture, language, barriers and technology.
We believe this training will help give NDIA staff a better understanding of DeafBlindness and hope it leads to improving future support services and funding that are available to members of the DeafBlind community.
We wish to thank Deafblind Australia for working with DeafBlind Victoria for this workshop.
We would also like to thank the four DeafBlind presenters, Heather Lawson, Joe Monteleone, Alex Sar, and Michelle Stevens along with their interpreters and Commguides.
Thank you everyone for making this a successful day!