DeafBlind Victoria (DBV) is a unique and independent self-advocacy group that is run by and for DeafBlind people in Victoria, Australia.
The main activities of DBV are:
- Deafblind social events and peer support
- Deafblind awareness workshops
- Producing and sharing information and resources
- Advising and consulting about deafblindness
To learn about the people running DBV, click here.
Aims and objectives
DeafBlind Victoria’s aim is to reduce isolation and improve the quality of life for people with deafblindness by:
- advocating and advising the government
- providing community education through workshops
- raising awareness about deafblindness
DeafBlind Victoria aims to break down the barriers that DeafBlind people face in their day to day lives. One of the main barriers is the lack of access to funding for Auslan interpreters, Communication Guides and Notetakers. We need these services to communicate with the wider community. These challenges restrict the life choices of people living with deafblindness.
Our mission is to empower people who are DeafBlind to stand up for their rights and to make their lives more accessible and inclusive.
On the DeafBind Victoria website, you will find all the events and resources that help the wider community to become involved and communicate better with DeafBlind people and create more understanding of DeafBlind culture.
“Auslan Interpreters are our ears and Communication Guides are our eyes. These two services working together gives us better access into the wider community”.
There are currently four DeafBlind committee members who look at ways to empower their peers and the DeafBlind community by having meetings, attending conferences, forums and improving the inclusiveness of communities for DeafBlind people of all walks of life in Victoria.
“Being “DeafBlind” as a disability is not the problem. But, it is the lack of accessibility and awareness that society holds”.