Here is the latest news from DBV and its members.
- Deafblind Victorians provided “Deafblind World” Training to City of Melbourne staff in 2016. “EXPERIENCING THE CITY THROUGH DEAF BLIND VICTORIANS”
Five members of Deaf Blind Victorians (DBV), an energetic independent community group based at Ross House, provided Council staff with a unique opportunity to experience the city as they would. Through an innovative training model where Council staff donned ear plugs and goggles, they had to navigate particular scenarios that deaf blind people experience in our city every day. Working closely with DBV is critical to planning new services such as the renewal of Kings Domain parkland, Queen Victoria Market and the Melbourne Metro Rail project. At the end of the session, we celebrated Deafblind Awareness Week and the birthday of Helen Keller, one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians.
There is also a photo of the group cutting the cake.Here is a link to the full annual report but it is a PDF and has 218 pages. The article is on page 28.
- Deafblind Communication Book
Deafblind Victorians appreciate City of Melbourne for their funding in December 2016 of $14,000 to develop a Deafblind Communications Book. Deafblind Victorians are currently developing a book for deafblind people to give out to businesses with in their communities so business can have better communication access with deafblind people and how to approach and guide deafblind people. This book will be ready for publishing in December 2017.