DeafBlind World workshop with Bendigo Deaf Hub and Deaf Victoria

Joe & Heather with interpreters

On Thursday 25th November 2021 Deafblind Victoria ran our first regional Deafblind World workshop with Bendigo Deaf Hub online via Zoom.

A Deafblind experience kit was posted to the participants before the workshop so we could bring the experience to them.

15 participants attended: a mix of Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people, including interpreters, occupational therapists, counsellors, teachers and staff from Bendigo Deaf Hub and Deaf Victoria.

The workshop was presented by two DBV members, Heather Lawson and Joe Montelone. They shared life experiences, information, ran activities and answered many questions.

Here is some of the feedback we got from Bendigo Deaf Hub:

“A huge thank you for today’s workshop, it was amazing! It was a massive logistical effort by you all.

The Bendigo Deaf Hub team learnt so much from it and all the feedback we have got from participants has been really positive too. We really enjoyed learning about what it is like to experience deafblindness from both Heather and Joe”

Due to lockdown restrictions between regional Victoria and Melbourne area, Deafblind Victoria postponed the visit to the Bendigo Deaf Hub for many months. We were all very determined to find a way and decided to deliver the workshop online via Zoom.

Thank you to the Auslan interpreters who worked with DBV for this Deafblind World workshop, often not an easy task when on working online but in the end it really was a great success!

Also thanks to Ntennis and Justin for their support such as with the technology for the Zoom workshops.

Participants attending the workshop online via Zoom