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May/June 2009 | Communicate Issue 17 Issue 20 Nov/Dec 2009 Special Newspaper Edition communicate The newsletter for Victoria’s Deaf and hard of hearing people Photo: Members of the Deaf community at the Rally. Photo: Children enjoying the horse carousel ride. Vicdeaf Christmas Rally Vicdeaf hosted their annual Christmas Rally on There was a classic car display and Lawn Bowls tryout a warm and sunny day on Sunday 6 December at at the nearby Bowls Club. Santa Claus made an Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy. It was a appearance in a red Mustang and greeted everybody wonderful event attended by over 500 members of and gave children some Christmas lollies. Everybody the Deaf and hard of hearing community. enjoyed meeting old friends and making new friends as well as the BBQ and soft drinks. There were plenty of activities on offer to keep everybody busy. Many children enjoyed the activities Vicdeaf President Mac Adam and CEO Graeme Kelly Photo: Volunteers at the BBQ table. organised by Deaf Sports Recreation Victoria as thanked all for coming and gave their Christmas wishes. well as the jumping castle, horse carousel and the Raffles were held and only a few lucky people won Vicdeaf wishes to thank the volunteers who made magic show by Deaf magician George Walker. The prizes donated by VCOD and Deaf physiotherapist, the day a great success, including members from Melbourne Fire Brigade turned up and showed the Penny Gillett. Everybody enjoyed the Christmas spirit the Melbourne Deaf Cricket Club who helped with children their shiny red fire truck. and went home with happy memories of the day. the BBQ. Photo: Children doing their best at the tug-o-war. Photo: Santa greets children and gave lollies. Photo: Santa arrives in a red Mustang. Photo: Deaf magician George Walker showing off his Photo: Catching up with old friends at the Rally. Photo: The Melbourne Fire Brigade at the Rally. magic tricks. Photo Source: Simon O’Neill. 2 Communicate Issue 20 | November/December 2009 Report from the CEO By Graeme Kelly Chief Executive Officer In the first edition of Communicate this also immediately provided free interpreting us to provide more services to meet the You will also see an year I commented that it was going to services and case management support to growing and changing needs of Deaf and article about the be a year of celebration of our 125th those who needed it which has continued hard of hearing Victorians. Government Gaslight Awards that Anniversary as well as a difficult year with through the year. This has been important provides less than 40% of the funding we are being introduced the economic downturn that was just because the severe impact of that day need for our current services and if we to recognise starting. remains for some of our community and relied on that funding only we would have outstanding we will continue to give it. to close many services and this would have contributions to the In part my prediction was right, we did Victorian Deaf Society over its 125 year celebrate the 125th Anniversary with very a major impact on the community. Because The economic downturn was the major history and in the years ahead. This is a successful events such as the Gala Ball in we have looked after Vicdeaf’s financial contributor to a larger deficit result lasting record of the wonderful work done conjunction with Deaf Sports Australia health, we are able to provide new services reported at our AGM and in the Annual over 125 years and a fitting finish to our and the Garden Party at Government like the Deaf Leadership Mentor Program Report. It is encouraging to report that 125th year. House. The difficult year was highlighted and an employment consultant in regional the second half of 2009 has been much I wish you and your families a safe and tragically by the Black Saturday bushfires Victoria. It will also make it possible to better and if it continues we will improve happy Christmas and a terrific 2010. in February much more than by the plan for new services as part of the new our financial position. economic downturn. The response to the Strategic Plan that starts in July 2010. Regards, disaster from Victorians was remarkable I know that we are seen by some to We have put a lot of effort into getting concentrate too much on the ‘business feedback from a wide range of people Graeme Kelly including from the Victorian Deaf side’ of what Vicdeaf does. The financial about the next Strategic Plan and you will Chief Executive Officer community. Vicdeaf played an important role with the quick availability of critical health of Vicdeaf is critical for us to survive see an article about the consultation in this information on our website in Auslan. We and grow. The healthier we are allows edition. Results of Community Consultation This is a summary of the Deaf Community’s • 101 Ways Group: 8 people The Community Consultation forms a the Deaf and Deaf Children Australia. feedback on what direction Vicdeaf could • Sounds Unlimited: 21 people part of the overall consultation to develop As outlined in the CEO’s Report, take in the next five years, 2010-2015. the Vicdeaf Strategic Plan. We are also • Online survey: 44 responses the Strategic Plan will commence consulting with Vicdeaf staff as well as Natalie Sandon, Vicdeaf’s Community • Total: 309 implementation in July 2010. various organizations including Deaf Activities Project Officer undertook the organizations such as Victorian Council of Ten main topics arising from consultations community consultation, assisted by based on the number of times a particular Vicdeaf staff members David Peters, Steve Community Consultation topic was raised. These are as follows: Wodonga/Albury McKean and volunteer Zdenko Jovica, Online survey 10% involving the following stakeholders. 1. Support for Deaf youth 14% 13 community groups were consulted as 2. Deaf awareness Geelong follows: 3. Deaf centre/Deaf club 10% 4. Support for Deaf/hearing parents and • Wodonga/Albury Deaf group: 30 Sounds Unlimited Wodonga/Albury Deaf/hearing children 7% Geelong people Migrants 5. Access to interpreters • Geelong Deaf group: 30 people 101 Ways Migrants 5% Seniors Bendigo 6. Increase in services for Regional Deaf 3% • Migrants group: 15 people Gippsland (Morwell) communities Melbourne 1% Mildura • Seniors group: 40 people Ballarat 7. Support for Deaf Seniors Shepparton • Bendigo Deaf group: 20 people Melbourne 8. Workshops and social activities 101 Ways • Gippsland Deaf group (Morwell): 15 9. SMS emergency notification services Seniors Sounds Unlimited people Shepparton 13% Online survey 10. Auslan services 14% • Mildura Deaf group: 12 people The Vicdeaf Board, CEO and Senior • Ballarat Deaf group: 25 people Management Team will consider the • Shepparton Deaf group: 45 people results of the survey and develop a strategic Bendigo 6% • General Deaf community: 4 people plan in line with Vicdeaf’s vision, mission Ballarat Gippsland (Morwell) 8% Mildura (more responded online) and principles. 4% 5% To be Deaf is to be a Global Citizen By Jessica Frank the most important factors of lifestyle and communication equal in their communication with each other. access allows a person to be aware of and fully involved To be Deaf is to use other forms of communication, such Imagine being located in a town in a strange country, such with its surroundings. The Deaf community, most of as China, where no-one speaks English. Suddenly, you are as sign language, miming gestures or writing notes. Yet, whom communicate primarily through sign language, alone. There is no-one you are able to communicate with. being a part of a Deaf community also involves many embraces the full access it receives when all the other And then imagine the wave of relief you immediately feel other cultural aspects, which are often rooted by different people in the room are also using the same language. when you find another person in this foreign Chinese sensory needs. For example, to be culturally Deaf is also to town who also speaks English. Odds are that you two will The Deaf community consists of people who have a be more comfortable with physical touch, as it is a means soon become fast friends. thorough understanding of Deaf (sensory) needs as well of capturing someone’s attention. Deaf people also rely as fluency in sign language. It is a community made up of heavily on visual cues, often from either sign language, the Imagining yourself in this kind of scenario allows for a the Deaf, the hard-of-hearing, Codas (children of Deaf large range of facial expressions used in communication, or new person to understand the Deaf community from a parents), as well as friends and family of Deaf members. waving of hands to begin communication. When someone deeper perspective, rather than giving in to the general Frequently, sign language interpreters find themselves is missing one of their senses, often the other four senses misconception that the Deaf community is an exclusive a part of this community. Nevertheless, the Deaf one. are strengthened. In this case, the Deaf person’s visual community is an inclusive one, as long as any new person, sense is heightened. Not only this, but as a minority, it Rather, it is a community, as a linguistic minority, that hearing or Deaf, provides full communication access values the people in its community, thus developing a savours the open access to language they can receive when (through interpretation or being aware of communication greater cooperative attitude. In other words, often to be in each other’s presence. differences) when participating in an activity or establishing Deaf is to welcome the new Deaf person in its community a relationship with a Deaf person(s). Deaf people most frequently feel foreign when surrounded as well as its home, savouring the similar communication by hearing people who communicate primarily in spoken The importance of bridging the two worlds, Deaf and and sensory levels in the two persons. As many may say, to English. Communication, for all sorts of people, is one of hearing, is made possible by enabling both sides to feeling be Deaf is to be a global citizen. November/December 2009 | Communicate Issue 20 3 Vicdeaf Deaf Leadership Editorial Mentor Program By Michael Parremore Editor Hello to all our readers, By Natalie Sandon – Community Activities Project Officer participated in this Program. The Program had interesting challenges and we learnt a lot from this pilot program. This is a very short From April to November this year, Vicdeaf ran a pilot Editorial, due to the large Vicdeaf hopes to run this Program again. More information amount of articles in this Deaf Leadership Mentor Program with the assistance of will appear in Communicate as they become available. edition. I hope you like the Leadership Plus. This initiative is part of Vicdeaf’s commitment to ‘newspaper’ format? It is a Four mentors and mentees: Anna Seymour & Melissa Jones one-off, meaning we will go developing and nurturing leadership in the Victorian Deaf (dancing); Jen Blyth & Helen Kennedy (psychology); back to our old ‘newsletter’ community. The main objective of this Program is to format after this edition. Send me an email on Meg Aumann & Suzanne Thomas (human resources) provide Deaf people with a better opportunity to become firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what you and Christine Thomas & Trisha Balharrie (goal-setting) leaders. think? Job interviews and interpreters! I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and safe holidays. By Mark Quinn – Interpreter of having a successful interview? Yes, • Make a time with the interpreter your interpreter has a skill level that either just before the interview Many people know what a job interview can be like. It can be is required, and is bound by a code of ethics and professional standards or at your convenience to inform Editorial Policy them of what the role is, why you awkward and nerve racking! But what are to be expected, but what other are applying and what the main Communicate is published six times a year. Reader about the extra strain of having to things should you think about? points are that you wish to get contributions are greatly welcomed. Articles make yourself understood in English Working with an interpreter could must relate to Deaf and hard of hearing issues. across in the interview. when Auslan is your preferred mode either work to your advantage or All contribution, once submitted, becomes the of communication? Deaf people disadvantage! • The interpreter and yourself may property of Communicate. often have the problem deciding wish to become familiar with each The editor reserve the right not to publish, or Here are a few things you should whether they should disclose their other’s signing styles or develop to edit, any article submitted for publication. All keep in mind: deafness to the employer or ‘keeping communication strategies in editing shall strive to remain true to the spirit of it secret’ until they arrive at the job • Prior to the booking, it is worth order to enable the process to the original article. interview. finding out the name of your run as smoothly as possible. Opinions expressed (except in articles that are interpreter. Fortunately, Deaf people now If the interpreter doesn’t know your signed in an official capacity) are those of the have access to the ‘Auslan for • How many years experience background, and your employment author/s and not necessarily endorsed by the Employment’ (AFE) program where do they have and what type of history and is not aware of what editor or by Vicdeaf. funding is made available to cover settings have they worked in? you would like to see happen in the cost of an interpreter in a job • Each interpreter has a different the interview (apart from being interview. This can take away the argument of who will pay for an ‘personality type’, does this interpreter’s ‘personality type’ successful of course!) then this may be more difficult to interpret without Correction interpreter. work well with you? And are they preparation. In Communicate Issue 19, there were a few flexible? references to a Deaflympian called Craig Flindell Once the job interview is organised By arranging a time to go through from WA. His name is actually Glen Flindell. and the interpreter is booked, there • How does the interpreter ‘voice’ these various points it enables YOU Vicdeaf wishes to apologise for the error. is nothing much more that needs to or ‘interpret’ you? What language to manage the situation as much be done right? Well, not really! register would you prefer? as you can to your advantage and Have you ever thought about the • What dress standard are you increase the control that you have fact that the interpreter you have in expecting the interpreter to over the interpretation process to Condolences your job interview can have a huge follow? This may depend on the allow effective communication to Vicdeaf would like to offer sincere condolences impact and influence your chances type of job you are applying for. take place. to the families of those who have recently passed away. They are the families of : Proposed exemption meets strong opposition Angelina Furno Peter Robertson Recently an application was made by Village Roadshow, week. At this pace, it will take 1,000 years to achieve Tommy David Bradley-Smith Greater Union, Hoyts and Reading Cinemas to the access to all screenings in all cinemas across Australia. Australian Human Rights Commission requesting an In July 2008, the Australian Federal Government signed exemption from the Disability Discrimination Act for a period of two and a half years. the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, part of which states: Victorian Deaf Society This means that Australians who are Deaf, hard of Level 4, 340 Albert Street, hearing, legally blind and vision impaired, stand to lose “People who are have a vision or hearing loss are entitled East Melbourne, Victoria 3002 their right to complain to the Australian Human Rights to enjoy and participate in the arts; in particular they TTY: (03) 9473 1199; Commission about the lack of provision of captioning have a right to have accessible Cinemas. These patrons Voice: (03) 9473 1111; and audio description services at any of the 125 cinemas have the right to reasonable accommodation to eliminate Fax: (03) 9473 1122 (1,182 screens) owned by the four exhibitors. discrimination (UNCRPD article 5.3), and a right to Email: email@example.com If the exemption is granted, cinemas will provide enjoy access to films in accessible formats (UNCRPD article 30.1).” Toll-free for country people, captioning and audio description for a minimum of three TTY: 1300 780 235, Voice: 1300 780 225 screenings in 35 cinemas around Australia. Let’s put that It makes sense for the Australian Human Rights into perspective: Vicdeaf office hours: Commission to reject the proposed exemption and Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5.00pm • Jointly, these exhibitors have 1,182 screens protect the rights of all Australians regardless of their Regional offices: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Sale across Australia. abilities. and Wangaratta • They show approximately 30 movies per screen, Vicdeaf along with many other organisations and Patrons: Professor David de Kretser, AO and every week. individuals is opposed to the proposed exemption. Such Mrs. Jan de Kretser That’s a total of 41,370 screenings per week (1,182 an exemption would be contrary to Vicdeaf’s vision of screens x 5 sessions per day x 7 days) “social justice and equity for Deaf and hard of hearing www.vicdeaf.com.au people”. Printed on 100% Recycled Paper Of these, only 105 will be captioned and audio described. This is equal to less than 0.3% of all movies screened per Source: Arts Access Victoria 4 Communicate Issue 20 | November/December 2009 Vicdeaf’s accommodation service New road rules in Victoria celebrates 10th birthday On Monday 9 November, many road rules have been made or changed to On Sunday 11 October, Vicdeaf’s accommodation service together, talk about old times and share stories. Mark, who improve road safety for all Victorians. celebrated their 10th birthday since opening in October has lived there since the houses opened gave a lovely speech, It is important for the Deaf and hard of 1999. The celebration was held in their newly landscaped thanking everyone for coming and for the work that was put hearing community to learn what the new outdoor BBQ area. Past and present clients and staff as into preparing for the day. Mark and Wayne then cut a cake rules are especially text messaging while well as friends and family enjoyed the opportunity to get and sent their well wishes for the next ten years. driving. About mobile phones while driving, including when stopping at traffic lights, it is against the law to do the following; - text messaging, - video messaging, - sending/reading an email, - entering data into the phone (other than by voice), - sending or looking at anything in the phone, - turning the phone on or off, and - taking photos. The law also says it is against the law to hold the phone while driving, even when drivers are not making text messages or doing anything else. Even if drivers have a mobile phone resting on their laps, it is against the law too. The best thing for drivers to do is don’t touch a mobile phone. If drivers want to send a text message, they would need to park the car legally and turn off the engine before touching a mobile phone, or ask a passenger to send a text message for them. There are many other road rules which Photo: Mark and Wayne cuts the birthday cake while Kirsten Whitehill looks on. have changed. Have a look at the Photo Source: Vicdeaf. website: www.racv.com.au/roadsafety Life as an undergraduate student at Gallaudet University By Jessica Frank with an international concentration, from linguistics to photography. There is also the option of self-designing a major with a wider array of courses offered in a joint program with 13 other I am a member of a Deaf family of five and am a product of three Deaf higher education institutions in the Washington metropolitan area. Top ranked universities generations. I attended one of the best Deaf schools in America in such as George Washington and American University are also part of the joint program. the state of Maryland for 12 years. But when I enrolled at Gallaudet Gallaudet also offers masters and doctorate degree programs in a variety of fields. University in Washington DC as an undergraduate student in 2005, I truly understood what it meant to be Deaf. Gallaudet is an experience 90% of my personal growth in Gallaudet came from hands-on experience. in itself. You won’t find any place in the world where there’s a campus Gallaudet is not all studies; it also greatly encourages hands-on experience through filled with five thousand people that know sign language. You won’t extracurricular activities. The university has a rapidly growing athletic program that has a find any place in the world where you’re in an elevator filled with volleyball team with two Capital Athletic Conference championships in 2005 and 2006 Photo: Jessica Frank. strangers and start a conversation because you like the jacket the under its belt. Other sports offered are basketball, cheerleading, football, tennis, track, Photo Source: Jessica woman next to you is wearing or because the guy next to you happens swimming and wrestling. If you’re not interested in sport, there are plenty of other areas Frank. to be quite good looking. to participate, with more than 20 student-run organisations along with the famed theatre program. There is also an opportunity for involvement in politics and advocacy with the Gallaudet University prides itself as being the Mecca of the Deaf World. Student Body Government. If you have an interest in writing, there is the chance to become After attending a Deaf school for 12 years, I understood that I had grown up in a sheltered a writer for the ‘The Buff and Blue’ which is a student newspaper, or to become the editor of and privileged environment and wanted to attend a hearing community college for 6 months the annual yearbook, ‘Tower Clock’. to gain a new perspective. Overall, I had a good 6 months at the hearing college. But, I cannot forget when some hearing students complained when the interpreter had to ask the Currently, there are over 15,000 Gallaudet alumni from all over the world. teacher to repeat what he has said. I cannot forget the times I had class discussions and Students from all over the world have taken this opportunity to become part of the rich because the interpreter was always a few seconds behind, I couldn’t ever really join in. After experience at Gallaudet. If you wanted to enroll at Gallaudet, there are several options to 6 months, I knew then that I wanted to attend Gallaudet University, where communication choose from. You can enroll as a full-time student, be a would always be accessible. transfer student for a year if you are already enrolled in another university, or study at the university as a non- This is the best thing about attending a bilingual university. degree seeking student. However, because Gallaudet In 2008, Gallaudet University became a bilingual university, making both American Sign is a federally funded university, the cost of tuition for Language (ASL) and English its official languages. What is bilingualism? Bilingualism in a an international student is high and has often become university means you may have a choice between writing an essay in English or signing a an issue for students from abroad. Don’t worry, there video blog (now known as v-log). All classes are taught using ASL and students will be able are still options of obtaining financial aid through to rebut or build off a point you’ve made through direct, signed communication. There opportunities such as the Sasakawa Foundation are universities all over the world with International Scholarship Fund, or after performing strong educational foundations, but for well on your studies in the first year, you will be eligible me, there was nothing richer than being to apply for financial aid in the United States. able to fall into a deep discussion in class using the language I was most comfortable The friends you make at Gallaudet are friends you’ll with: ASL. Throughout my four years at have for life. the university, my confidence as well as my For me, Gallaudet has truly proven itself to be an social and emotional intelligence improved experience to remember. After four memorable years, greatly. I felt that I had experienced enough I understood thoroughly what it meant to be Deaf in four years to fill in ten years. and I am proud of it. Upon graduation last May, I left the university with a group of friends I knew I could If I had to choose one word to describe always fall back on, stories that I will continue to share Gallaudet, it would be ‘opportunity’. for years to come and all the confidence in the world Photo: The signage outside Gallaudet. For the undergraduate student program, to handle anything that comes my way. To make this Photo: Sign banner of Gallaudet Photo Source: http://dcist.com/attachments/ the university offers more than 40 majors experience yours, go to http://admissions.gallaudet. University. dcist_martin/gallaudet%20image.JPG that range from Deaf studies to government edu/Admissions/International/ Photo Source: Cesar Ayala. November/December 2009 | Communicate Issue 20 5 Is Christmas Day a happy time for Deaf people with hearing families? By The Editor everything is muted and without captions. An enormous The benefits of learning Auslan can be rewarding, amount of concentration goes into lipreading, which can especially at the dining table on Christmas Day. The answer is of course, yes! Many Deaf people do enjoy be tiring and with even the best lipreaders only catching For more information on Auslan courses; spending Christmas Day with their hearing families. about 40% of the conversation at any time. Many Deaf However there are some Deaf people who find it difficult, people simply give up trying to engage in conversations Email: firstname.lastname@example.org mainly due to the communication barriers they face. and sit on the couch to watch television or go outside Ph: 03 9473 1135 I spoke to a few signing Deaf people about this topic. and play with children. In some cases, Deaf people find For more information on Counselling services, contact Their family members have very little or no knowledge of Christmas Day boring and a waste of time. the Duty Worker; Auslan. It was interesting to find that their responses were Many family members of Deaf people do try their Email: email@example.com quite similar so it must be a common situation. I thought best to engage in conversations, but usually the topic TTY: 03 9473 1199 Ph: 03 9473 1111 it was important to publish this article to create a greater of conversations can be limited to a few subjects. It is Please note: Duty Worker is only available Tues, Wed and awareness about the importance of communication and unfortunate because many Deaf people lead interesting Thurs; 9.00 am - 2.30 pm the effects on a Deaf person’s mental and emotional and busy lives, many of which go unnoticed by family wellbeing due to social isolation. members. Another common situation is when a family One Deaf person said, “When I lose track of a conversation, goes to another family’s place for lunch, Deaf people will CHRISTMAS I ask, “Sorry what did you say?” very often they say, “Oh it’s not important, don’t worry” or “I will tell you later””. do anything to stay at home or go elsewhere, because they know that they won’t be included in conversations SPECIAL They said that they experienced frustration by their inability to join verbal conversations, but also frustration and quickly develop boredom. Vicdeaf are offering at their family members’ lack of effort to include Deaf I asked them what they could change to make Christmas Day better, they all wished their family members could Auslan courses at 15% off. people in conversations and lack of adequate Auslan skills. communicate in Auslan. One Deaf person said, “My You need to apply before 8 Jan 2010 Deaf people rely on visual cues such as lipreading to identify parents are too old to learn Auslan and they find it or until places are full. Apply early! what’s going on around them and they look around to confusing to learn.” At first, Auslan can be difficult to see everyone engaging in conversations and laughing, but Email: firstname.lastname@example.org learn but it is never too late for anyone to learn Auslan. FireReady Kit Emergency Alert telephone warning system is ready The bushfire season has already started for your Bushfire Survival Plan in this Following extensive community testing warnings as the primary data source for the and CFA has produced the FireReady brochure. in Victoria, the new national telephone- Emergency Alert system, the Integrated Public Kit to help you understand your bushfire Fire Danger Ratings: understand how based warning system for life-threatening Number Database (IPND) does not capture risk, prepare your property and develop the Fire Danger Rating scale will alert emergencies – Emergency Alert – is live and information about which telephone numbers a Bushfire Survival Plan that is right for you to danger so you can take action. ready for use. are linked to a teletypewriter. However, you and your family. Emergency Alert will alert communities to the project team is working through the Community Fireguard - A Bushfire emergencies via a recorded voice message provision of these warnings with the Australian Not all homes can be defended from Safety Program: join a Community Communication Exchange and other relevant on landline telephones and a text message bushfire and survival must be your Fireguard group and learn about government bodies. Further information will on mobiles, based on the subscribers’ billing number one priority. The only guarantee planning and preparation for bushfire. address. be provided in the near future. of safety is to be away from a bushfire. Further information about the Emergency Radiant Heat: understand the dangers The warning messages will provide official The Kit includes five publications and authorised emergency information on the Alert system can be found on the website www. of radiant heat and how you can protect emergencyalert.gov.au which work together plus some smaller current situation and provide direction to the yourself from bushfire. brochures. To order a Kit, please call community on actions to be taken and where You are welcome to contact David Peters at the Victorian Bushfire Information You are urged to read this information further information or advice can be sought. Vicdeaf if you wish to find out more about carefully. The Kit is just one of the tools Emergency Alert provides emergency services Emergency Alert. He will be happy to discuss Line on TTY: 1800 122 969 (Ph: 1800 you should use to prepare for bushfire. with another useful tool to issue warnings, with you. Contact details are on page 3. 240 667). The publications can also be downloaded from the CFA website: but it is crucial that communities do not rely For more information, CFA on receiving a telephone warning and have an www.cfa.vic.gov.au recommends: emergency plan. Prepare a Bushfire Survival Plan using • attending a local community At this stage TTY phones will not receive the following items in the Kit. meeting* The Gaslight Award 1. Understanding Your Environment: • attending a Bushfire Planning learn about your surroundings and Workshop in your area* work out the level of risk to your • joining or establishing a home and family. 2. Household Bushfire Site-Assessment neighbourhood Community Fireguard Group* (For Outstanding Service) Workbook: this will help you work * call ahead to request Auslan As we announced at the Government House in any given period, indeed it may be that there out if your home has enough interpreters Garden Party in October, a special award will is only one award for any given time-period. defendable space and also help you be made to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of You may nominate any person, group or decide whether staying to actively Emergency Contacts the Victorian Deaf Society. organisation for an award who you feel defend is the right option. The purpose of the award is to recognise the has contributed in some special way. Each In an Emergency, call Fire, Police & 3. Preparing Your Property: make your most outstanding contributions made to the nomination requires a seconder and must be Ambulance on TTY: 106 (Ph: 000) home fire ready even if your plan is Victorian Deaf Society since its inception and completed by a person 18 years or older. to leave before a bushfire threatens. For Fire Warnings and Updates, call the through the 125 years of its service. The award Once received the nomination will be examined Victorian Bushfire Information Line on will be considered for each 25 year era/period and researched by the Awards Panel. You may 4. Leaving Early: how to plan and TTY: 1800 122 969 (Ph: 1800 240 667) of time identified later in this article. be contacted to provide additional information prepare to leave before bushfire Nominations will be called for, and in the case for consideration. threatens. You’ll find a template for Visit websites: www.cfa.vic.gov.au and of the inaugural awards, the closing date for all Each recipient of the Award will receive an your Bushfire Survival Plan in this www.dse.vic.gov.au nominations and all time periods will be Friday individual Award and be recorded on the brochure. 26 February 2010. This information has been provided by Vicdeaf Roll of Honour which will be displayed 5. Defending Your Property: learn the Country Fire Authority, 2009. The award can be made to individuals, groups at Vicdeaf. what it takes to actively defend your or organisations, and can of course be made Nomination forms can be downloaded from property and understand the real risks posthumously. In keeping with the importance the Vicdeaf website (www.vicdeaf.com.au). associated with staying, including the and significance of the award, it is unlikely that You may request a form be posted or faxed to risk of death. You’ll find a template there would be more than two or possibly three you, please contact Vicdeaf. 6 Communicate Issue 20 | November/December 2009 DEAF SPORT Social Deaf Professionals Network Sale Auslan Chat Group JML Centre, Vicdeaf, Level 3, 340 Albert Centre Bakery, 103 Cunninghame St, Sale Deaf Australia Street, East Melbourne Events held approximately once every 3 meets every Wednesday at 11.00 am Leanne Wishart, deaf access VICTORIA, CLUBS/ASSOC. 271A Stafford Road Stafford QLD 4053 Deaf Basketball Victoria Clubs/ months Gippsland Postal: PO Box 1083 Natalie Sandon TTY: 03 5143 1537 Deaf Football Victoria Stafford QLD 4053 TTY: 03 9473 1199 Fax: 03 5143 1814 Deaf Golf Victoria Email: email@example.com Fax: 03 9473 1122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Deaf Netball Victoria TTY: (07) 3357 8277 Kew Deaf United Soccer Club Groups Email: email@example.com Ph: 03 5143 1537 Ph: (07) 3357 8266 Ph: 03 9473 1111 Melbourne Deaf Cricket Club Fax: (07) 3357 8377 Deaf Professionals Network will close for Seaford Deaf Gathering Club Victorian Deaf Anglers Club Web: www.deafau.org.au Christmas but will reopen with new and Pines and Seaford Fishing Club, Corner Deaf Bowls Victoria (Victorian Deaf Lawn exciting events for 2010 in the New Year. Keep an eye on Vicdeaf eNews. Moresby and Miline Avenue, Seaford meets every 2nd Friday each month (Feb Bowls Association) Victorian Deaf Squash Association ORGANISATIONS Albury Wodonga Deaf Group to Dec) Victorian Deaf Tennis Association Victorian Deaf Ten Pin Bowling Club SERVICING THE DEAF Lavington Panthers Club, Centaur Road, East Gippsland Deaf Club Joseph Heenan St Mary’s Parish Centre, at Barinsdale and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org deaf access VICTORIA - Hume Lavington For contact details for the above outdoor activites of East Gippsland For transport from Kananook Railway Julie Kiroluch First Friday of every month. 6.00 pm in Deaf Sports club/association, On the second week every second month Station, go past Frankston Basketball at Email: email@example.com club bistro (except January) contact Deaf Sports Recreation Victoria. (Sat or Sun) Bardia Avenue, Seaford or Frankston Bus Voice/Fax: 03 5722 9175 Jessi Hartley TTY: 03 5722 9451 TTY & Fax: 02 6025 1649 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Louise Bartheyl TTY: 03 5155 2443 780 or Frankston/Ringwood Bus 901 (next to Kananook Station) as last bus leaves for DEAF ORGANISATIONS Web: www.deafaccessvic.com.au Fax: 03 5155 2443 Ringwood at 12.06 am. Toll Free Numbers:Voice: 1300 302 335 Members join in activities like mixed Deaf Arts Network Email: email@example.com This Club were founded by Joseph Heenan TTY: 1300 302 325 netball competitions, Deaf dancing Ross Onley-Zerkel, Deaf Arts Coordinator classes. Soon we will have regular photo Saturday 13 February - Annual General and the late Peter Mathers as the club Deaf Arts Network Meeting - St Mary’s Parish Centre at opened in March 2008. deaf access VICTORIA - Gippsland scrap-booking nights. Arts Access Victoria Bairnsdale. Leanne Wishart Deaf friendly workshops are available for 24 Eastern Road Victorian Deaf Senior Citizen Club Email: firstname.lastname@example.org local businesses. South Melbourne Victoria 3205 Geelong Deaf Social Group JML Centre, Vicdeaf, Level 3, 340 Albert Voice & TTY: 03 5143 1537 TTY: (03) 9699 7636 Church of Christ Hall, 275 LaTrobe Terrace, Street, East Melbourne Fax: 03 5143 1814 Ballarat Deaf Social Club Inc. Ph: (03) 9699 8299 (leave message with Geelong meets every second Thursdays at 10.00 Mobile/SMS: 0448 866 331 Eastwood Leisure Complex, 20 Eastwood reception) Street, Ballarat 2nd Tuesday of each month except January am - 2.00 pm Fax: (03) 9699 8868 Nina Howell Cheryl Rankine, Secretary National Relay Service 1st Friday of each month except January Email: email@example.com Fax: 03 5241 9898 TTY: 03 9473 1199 Lance Hately Marjorie O’Donnell firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Fax: 03 9473 1122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 03 5335 7019 SMS: 0404 226 061 Welcome back after long holiday to GDSG Email: email@example.com Phone: 1800 555 660 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MSN: email@example.com on Tuesday 9th February 2010. Ph: 03 9473 1111 TTY: 03 9473 1149 Web: www.ballaratdeafsocialclubinc.net Web: www.artsaccess.com.au Fax: 03 9473 1122 1st Club Night for 2010 on Friday 5 February Pankina Deaf Senior Group Werribee Deaf Club Inc. Mob: 0402 016 185 (SMS only) at 7.30 pm Deaf Sports Australia 10th Starlight Ball, Mercure, Main Road, 25-35 High Street, Prahran Central Park Community Centre, 80 TTY: (03) 9473 1154 (Postal address - PO Box 443, Prahran, Lonsdale Circuit, Hoppers Crossing Sign Language Communications Ballarat on Saturday 31 July 2010 Ph: (03) 9473 1191 VIC, 3181) meets on the fourth Friday of every month Victoria (SLC VIC) Fax: (03) 9473 1122 Every fortnight on Mondays at 10.30 am from February to November Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Benalla Auslan Chat Group Level 3/340 Albert Street to 3.00 pm. First get together for 2010 on Patricia Shields, Secretary Freecall Ph: 1300 123 SLC (752) Rambling Rose Coffee Shop, Benalla East Melbourne, VIC, 3002 Monday 18 January. Voice: 0404 068 659 TTY: (03) 9473 1143 Every second Monday, 12.30 – 1.30 Email: email@example.com Admission $4.00 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (03) 9473 1117 Julie Kiroluch Web: www.deafsports.org.au Activities like Bingo $3 a book and Crazy Werribee Deaf Club Inc. holds social nights or (03) 9473 1118 TTY: 03 5722 9451 Whist & 777s $1.00 on the fourth Friday of each month, such as Fax: (03) 9473 1144 Fax: 03 5722 9175 Deaf Sports Recreation Victoria Email: email@example.com Morning and afternoon teas provided. All Information nights with various topics and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org welcome. games nights from February to December SensWide (Melb, Frankston & Preston) Ph: 03 5722 9175 Fax: (03) 9473 1122 - Attention to DSRV Cheryl Clarke each year. All welcome to attend. Email: email@example.com Chat group will resume in Jan 2010. TTY: (03) 9473 1161 Ph: 133 677, then TTY & Fax: 03 9078 2600 Entry fee for Members $3.00, Non Phone: (03) 9015 5155 Please let Julie know if you are planning quote our TTY number (above) The DSRV Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Members $6.00, Children under 16 Free. Fax: (03) 9614 3070 to attend in case there are any last minute office is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Jan 18th Welcome. Memberships available. TTY: (03) 9614 3062 changes to date/venue, etc. Mondays and Fridays. Contact us for an Feb 1st Bingo, 15th Crazy Whist. appointment!! March 1st 777s, 15th Bingo, 29th Crazy Other Deaf Clubs and Groups hearservice Bendigo Deaf Gathering Whist and Easter raffles. throughout Victoria include: Email: email@example.com Hudson Coffee, Hargreave Street (Mall), John Pierce Centre April 12th Outing to Aquarium, 26th 777s. Casey Deaf Club (Glendonald Association Inc.) Ph: 1300 30 20 31 Bendigo 25-35 High Street May 10th Bingo, 24th Pankina’s AGM. Gippsland Deaf Regional Centre (Traralgon) TTY: (03) 9567 0422 Every 4th Friday of the month at 4.00 pm Prahran VIC 3181 - 5.45 pm Northern Deaf Club Postal: PO Box 443, Prahran, VIC 3181 Jo Richards Seymour Kilmore Deaf Support Group TTY: 03 9525 1337 Ph: 03 9525 1158 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Shepparton Deaf Support Group Fax: 03 9525 1191 Next monthly get together starts on Friday Email: email@example.com 26 February 2010 at 4.00 pm - 5.45 pm Victorian Council of the Deaf Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Compliments, comments and complaints about interpreters We want to know what you think! Deaf people use interpreters to communicate more often • Filling out our online feedback form at www.vicdeaf. 1. The person you give your complaint to must give you an now than before. com.au/feedback answer. We want to encourage you to let us know what you think • Requesting from any of the above contacts a feedback 2. If you are not satisfied with the answer, you can ask about the interpreters that come from Sign Language form be posted to you for your complaint to go to a manager and/or an Communications Victoria (SLC VIC) at Vicdeaf. You can give us information about our service that you liked investigating officer. We always welcome feedback and now is a good opportunity or didn’t like. For example: 3. If you are still not satisfied with the answer, you can ask for you to tell us what you think of our service. • The name of interpreters you prefer to work with for your complaint to go to the CEO of Vicdeaf and an • If you feel an interpreter has not followed their investigating officer. You can let us know your comments by contacting us in the professional Code of Ethics 4. If you are still not satisfied with the answer, the last step following ways: • If you feel the quality of interpreting was good or bad is you can ask for your complaint to go to an outside • Email us at: email@example.com • If you like how our booking office works and provide organisation such as the Disability Service Commission, • MSN us on: firstname.lastname@example.org suggestions to improve the service Disability Rights Victoria, VCOD or the Health Services • Video Relay Interpreting service • any other feedback you have Commission. • Call us by TTY on 03 9473 1199 After we receive your comments we have to follow steps to Let us know what you think about SLC VIC and our staff. • Call us by voice on 03 9473 1117 make sure you are satisfied. All feedback is important to us See below for details on how to contact us. We look forward • Send us a fax on 03 9473 1144 and helps us to improve our service to you. to hearing from you. If your feedback is a complaint, you can choose to make your • Come in and see us face to face (interpreters provided Marc Curtis, SLC VIC Manager complaint direct to an outside organization at any time. You upon request) Voice: 03 9473 1146 can do that before talking to Vicdeaf about it or at any time If you would prefer to not raise your comments with SLC during the complaint process. After we receive a complaint, Karen O’Mahoney, SLC VIC Booking Office Coordinator VIC contact the Vicdeaf Quality Coordinator by: we must follow these steps: Voice: 03 9473 1117 November/December 2009 | Communicate Issue 20 7 Afternoon tea at Government House By David Oliver with all of the guests as afternoon tea was for this occasion – “From Gaslight to now be known as the Gaslight Awards Manager served. Gigabyte” which showed how our world to be made and presented in the second Community Relations and Development has changed in many ways over the years. half of 2010. The awards will recognise Vicdeaf President Mac Adam chaired a “There have been many challenges and the most outstanding contributions made program of recognition, reflection and Vicdeaf celebrated its 125th Anniversary changes over the years” Mac said, “Today to the Victorian Deaf Society since its challenge as well as directing the audience Vicdeaf’s services are provided consistent inception and through the first 125 years with a Garden Party at Government to the arrival of an unexpected visitor from with our vision and mission and deeply of its service. House on Thursday 22 October 2009. the past. It was the Town Crier (James rooted in the concepts of social justice and More than 200 people enjoyed a sunny The occasion also provided an opportunity Blyth) who arrived in full costume, which equity”. afternoon as they acknowledged the to recognise and acknowledge the included a brilliant red coat and a very proud history of the Victorian Deaf CEO Graeme Kelly spoke about the new volunteer work provided by members of impressive three-corner hat. His chauffeur Society. Guests included representatives Video Relay Interpreting service (VRI) – the current and previous Boards at Vicdeaf. drove a lovely old-fashioned carriage from many Deaf organisations, clubs and at the gigabyte end of the scale, which has Certificates were presented to 10 present drawn by two horses. His message was sporting associations, volunteers, Board been recently put in place and will, with and past Board members and further one of congratulations, but also one of members, Trusts and Foundations, past the support of the State Government, be presentations will be made at a later time. challenge as we look forward to the next Chief Executive Officers, Life Members, important to Deaf and hearing people The afternoon was a very pleasant and 125 years. donors and staff. Of course the Governor in regional Victoria. Graeme went on to happy event, with many people staying on and Mrs de Kretser were present to meet Mac Adam spoke of the theme chosen introduce the Roll of Honour, which will to chat in the beautiful garden setting. Photo: Past and present Board Members receive their certificates . (L to R) Mac Adam, Sam Patterson, Adam Brooks, Garry Fowler, David Peters, Felicity Pantelidis, Faye Photo: Town Crier James Blyth arrives to deliver his message. Kendall (obscured) Therese Pierce, Bob Roff and Carole Wagner. Photo Source: Vicdeaf. Photo Source: Vicdeaf. Deaf Golf Victoria 40th anniversary weekend Deaf Golf Victoria celebrated its 40th over Pierce, of Melbourne. The Junior Handicap the recent weekend (November 27-28, category, which is the first time ever that this 2009) in style by hosting the Victorian Deaf category has been held in the long proud Golf Championships at Kingston Links. 18 history of Deaf Golf Victoria, was won by Victorian golfers were joined by 12 golfers Cameron Gabriel of Geelong. from interstate, to contest the championships. In the middle of these championships, a Melbourne tuned the weather on and we had marvelous function was held at Knox Club, 4 seasons in a day ! in which 65 past players, committee persons, Jack Besley of Melbourne won the and supporters attended. Deaf Golf Victoria Championships with a score of 77 and 74, was also proud to have Coral Hately attend 3 in front of Denver Magnusson of Kyneton the function. Coral was the wife of the late and Craig Douglas of Sydney. The A Grade Wally Hately who was a proud committeeman Handicap section was won by Paul Hammond of Deaf Golf Victoria over many years. Many of Sydney, whilst the B Grade Handicap was wonderful stories were shared and old faces won by a young Dechlan Birt, of Bendigo. (or foes!) caught up. All left with many warm Photo: All past and present Deaf Golf Victoria golfers. The Womens Handicap was won by Therese memories of the night. Photo Source: Deaf Golf Victoria. Photo: Cameron Gabriel : Junior Winner. Photo: Jack Besley : Scratch Winner. Photo: Therese Pierce : Ladies Winner. Photo Source: Deaf Golf Victoria. Photo Source: Deaf Golf Victoria. Photo Source: Deaf Golf Victoria. 8 Communicate Issue 20 | November/December 2009 SPORTS Deaf women’s cricket match The idea to have a Deaf Women’s Cricket Match started at a meeting between Melbourne Deaf Cricket Club (MDCC), Deaf Sports Australia and On Sunday 15 November, all the women showed up in their new hot pink MDCC Gorillas polo shirts. Two teams were formed, one was called the ‘Gorillas’ and Geelong wins bid to host Cricket Victoria. But the idea turned to the other was called ‘Princesses’. Melissa reality when MDCC Secretary Melissa said, “Some of the girls were amazing, received many replies on Facebook from hitting fours and sixes! The team spirit 2012 Australian Deaf Games Deaf women wanting to play a game of and competitiveness came out in us all cricket. She received enough replies to and we played such a great game!” The field two full cricket teams! ‘Gorillas’ team won by 28 runs. The women enjoyed the game and are keen Deaf Sports Australia has announced Deaf and hard of hearing community Cricket Victoria gave their full support by for more games in the future. that the City of Greater Geelong has and Deaf Sports Australia is looking providing world class indoor cricket nets been chosen as the host city for the 2012 forward to partnering with the City of and facilities at the MCG for the women For any Deaf cricket enquiries, Australian Deaf Games, which is likely to Greater Geelong to host an unforgettable to practise a few days before the cricket contact Melissa Lowrie on Email: attract up to 1000 participants and up Games,” Mr Phillips said. match with a top junior women’s cricket email@example.com to 1600 support staff. Geelong out-bid coach, Di Day. Melissa The Australian Deaf Games is one of the said, “We were all slightly Wodonga in a competitive bidding process oldest sporting events in the country. The in awe at training in the to secure the event following a tour by origins of interstate deaf sport competitions nets that the Victorian organisers of the city’s sports and social can be traced back to 1895 when the Bushrangers train in! We facilities. Victorian Deaf Cricket team travelled to learnt how to put all the Deaf Sports Australia President Brent South Australia for a friendly cricket match. equipment on, how to Phillips said that Geelong was an excellent The first Deaf Carnivals were held in 1911 bowl and bat and how to choice to host the 16th Australian Deaf and continued regularly until the Games attempt to run with all Games in 2012. “The bid by the City in its current format started in Sydney in those leg pads on us! I tell of Greater Geelong was outstanding and 1964. The most recent Games were held you, we have never had so it presented us with an opportunity to on the Gold Coast in January 2008. Held much fun in our lives and deliver a successful sporting and social every four years, the Games involve up to by the time it was over, event in one of Australia’s largest regional 20 different sports and attract competitors we were all exhausted cities.” from all over Australia and New Zealand. and sore but pumped for “Interest and anticipation for the 2012 The Australian Deaf Games will be held in Sunday’s match!” Games is very high in the Australian early 2012. Photo: Kaylene Knight enjoys a game of cricket. Photo Source: Vicdeaf. VDTBC 30 Years The Victorian Deaf Tenpin Bowling Club centres. So many things have changed in (VDTBC) held their 30 Year Anniversary 30 years. celebration on Friday 6 November which VDTBC continues to run strongly and was held at the Alfred Homestead in will continue in the next 30 years or more. Warrandyte South. It was a very successful Currently, VDTBC is held at Forest Hill evening which was enjoyed by 135 people. AMF Bowling Centre which they meet The smorgasbord meal was provided. and play their league tenpin bowling once Master of Ceremonies were both Ron every 4 weeks. Our next Nationals will be Chapman (President) and Sylvia Gusts held in Frankston AMF Bowling Centre in (Vice-President). Easter 2010. Also Wendy Devlin, a long time member VDTBC would be pleased to welcome gave a great speech on the history of any new bowlers or visitors. To contact VDTBC. In the old days, scores were done VDTBC, send an email to vdtbc@hotmail. manually by paper and pencil. Now it is all com or post a letter to PO Box 4185, electronic and automatic. Also in the old Alfredton VIC 3350 or send an SMS days, smoking was allowed but nowadays message on 0403 490 217. smoking are banned at all tenpin bowling Photo: The women celebrate wildly when a wicket falls. Photo Source: Vicdeaf. Photo: 1st year 1978 Committee who helped started VDTBC. Photo: Ron Chapman (President) and Sylvia Gusts (Vice President) both Master of Ceremonies. Photo: Wendy Devlin, giving out a speech Photo: It’s game on as Melanie Merhi comes in to bowl. Photo: Our 30 Year Anniversary cake. on the history of VDTBC. Photo Source: Vicdeaf.
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