'Representing the Deafblind Community in Victoria'

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Deafblind awareness for Auslan interpreters

On 6th Aug 2022, Deafblind Victoria and ASLIA Vic/Tas held a training day for Auslan interpreters. Deafblind presenters (Heather Lawson, Alex Sar, Michelle Stevens, Trudy Ryall and Jasper Cleland) and Auslan interpreter Dennis Whitcombe demonstrated a range of communication styles, including tactile Auslan, “chuchotage” or re-speaking, assisted listening devices and deafblind fingerspelling. Participants learned techniques for effective communication with deafblind clients. The workshop was delivered in a hybrid format with both on-site and online participation. We are looking forward to working with more interpreters who have skills in deafblind communication! Thank you ASLIA Vic/Tas for arranging interpreters, venue, delicious food and all the technology for the live stream.

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LendLease – Deafblind World

On the 25th of May, staff from Lendlease attended a Deafblind World workshop. LendLease is a construction company involved in the Metro tunnel project near Ross House, where DBV is located. Steven Weir from LendLease arranged for some of their staff to come and learn about deafblind accessibility in building design, and when projects are under construction. He said the LendLease team found the workshop brilliant and “full of great ways we can improve our places and spaces to help to provide a better experience for those who are DeafBlind”. Thanks Steven! We really appreciate you taking the time to work with us.

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NDIA awareness training workshop

On Tuesday 3rd August, Deafblind Australia (DBA) and Deafblind Victoria ran a Deafblind awareness workshop for NDIS workers in metro Melbourne.

The workshop was delivered online from Ross House due to Covid-19 restrictions. This was the first time that DBV held a workshop for NDIA staff online. Four Deafblind presenters presented information about the Deafblind community, culture, language, barriers and technology.

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1. Heather sitting with a tactile Auslan interpreter. Attendees and interpreters stand nearby. Another interpreter stands by Heather’s shoulder using haptic interpreting

2. Joe presenting in Auslan with Heather sitting nearby with a tactile interpreter.

3. Alex presenting with an Auslan interpreter standing by his left side. Michelle is sitting nearby with a tactile Auslan interpreter

4. Michelle seated at a tactile interpreting table demonstrating her Braille display to access her smartphone.

We hope this training will improve the experience that Deafblind Victorians have with the NDIS.

We wish to thank Deafblind Australia for working with DBV for this workshop.

We would also like to thank the four Deafblind presenters – Heather Lawson, Joe Monteleone, Alex Sar, and Michelle Stevens – along with the interpreters and commguides.

Thank you everyone for making this a successful day!

Deafblind awareness workshop for Auslan students on Zoom

Screenshot of Auslan students with home-made blindfolds doing an activity at Deafblind World

In November, DBV gave two Deafblind World workshops to students in the Auslan course at Melbourne Polytechnic. Although we prefer to run the workshops face to face, that wasn’t possible due to lockdown. Their teacher, Fiona Goldab, organised for them to join us on Zoom instead. It is the first time we have run the workshops through video conferencing, and we think it was a great success. The students were wonderful and made their own blindfolds – many drew funny faces on them. They learned about the experience of Deafblind people, tips for guiding and communication, and tried to do some activities blindfolds on at their home. We hope some of them will become interpreters and comm guides in the future and work in the Deafblind community.