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.
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!