Aussie Deaf Kids Parent's Conference 2016 will offer a packed program touching on many issues that are important to all parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH).
Commencing with al look at the National Disability Insurance Scheme as well as the transition of the Hearing Services Program to the NDIS. Parents will learn from the people implementing these changes - Mr Bruce Bonyhady AM, Chair of the National Disability Agency, and Ms Tracey Duffy, National Manager of the Office of Hearing Services. Mr Mark Wyburn, a committee member of Parents of Deaf Children and a parent living in a NDIS trial site, will provide insights into what these changes will mean to children who are DHH and their families.
Dr Jill Duncan, Director of the Victorian Deaf Education Institute, is at the forefront of bringing emerging evidence from research into the classroom.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme and its possibilities for education require that parents make good decisions on their child’s behalf. Mrs Ann Porter AM, founder and CEO of Aussie Deaf Kids, will present her current PhD research into how parents make informed decisions. She will discuss the decision-making strategies that benefit the child, family, and parents themselves.
Our afternoon session features the mental well-being of all family members. Ms Kate Greenhalgh, will present her current PhD research into mindfulness and what parents of children who are DHH can do for their own mental well-being. Ms Paula Zalcberg, a teacher of the deaf and family counsellor, will discuss the well-being of the family as a whole, particularly the siblings. Dr Paul Jacobs, author and researcher, will then talk about his books and research on healthy living with deafness.
Our day will conclude with a panel of young people sharing their experiences. This will be a unique opportunity for parents to hear other stories and to end the unique day on a good note.
ADK Conference Information Booklet (pdf) (Word - docx)