The mission of the Australia Association of the Deaf has been to preserve, protect, and promote all Deaf Australians’ linguistic, human, and civil rights since 1950.
Deaf Australia was founded in 1950 with the goal of ensuring that Australia’s public programmes are tailored to meet the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing children, adults, and families so that they can access the public benefits and services to which they are entitled, as well as achieve economic independence and fully participate in mainstream society.
Advocacy Services: Assists deaf and hard of hearing people in crisis situations by intervening to ensure that all public services, including social, health, and safety services, are available to them. Intervention to protect the communication rights of deaf children is also included.
Communication Services: Assists clients and agencies with qualified sign language interpreters. Emergency sign language services are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet medical, legal, or civil emergencies. Additionally, provides document translation for deaf clients with limited language skills.
Job Development and Placement: Assists deaf clients in obtaining job-related services.
Counseling: Offers support in times of crisis, such as spousal, child, or adult abuse. Clients are also taught how to deal effectively with deafness or hearing loss.
Instruction in Independent Living Skills: Assists deaf clients in acquiring skills to live independently of public institutions and programmes; and
Clients are directed to appropriate organisations and programmes for social and health care needs through information and referral. Responds to inquiries about deafness and hearing loss.
Increases public awareness and understanding of the needs of deaf and hard of hearing people through community education. Also addresses deafness-related health and safety concerns.