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DEAF HERALD – July 2022 – Deaf Festival is back!

Run by the community in partnership with Deaf Connect.

Saturday 26th November 2022, 10am – 4pm, Sydney Olympic Park

Deaf Connect will be working in partnership with a community led Deaf Festival Committee to hold the event. We are excited to bring the community together face to face with a fresh event run by the community for the community. Bringing to you more things that you love.

Do you have an interest in joining the festival committee team or working alongside them? There is lots to do for the return of the much loved community event.

Click here to get involved.

Leonie Jackson Memorial Fund Event

To officially launch the Leonie Jackson Memorial Fund, we are hosting an event at Miami State High School on the Gold Coast on Thursday, 14 July 2022 @ 3.30 to 5pm.

We will also be livestreaming the event on Zoom and our Facebook page. Click here to register.

If you can make it in-person, please email For more information, click here.

Auslan statistics from the Census Data

The Australian Government has released the data findings from last year’s Census through the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 16,242 people across Australia selected the option of ‘Auslan’ as their predominant language used at home in 2021. This number is a significant jump from the 2011 and 2016 census which captured a figure above 9,000. These figures confirm the growth in the number of people communicating in Auslan and that more people are now signing within the home.

To learn more, click here.

Bluey Reactions

Reactions & more Auslan words with Turtleboy from ABC show Bluey!

Deaf Connect, in partnership with the ABC, introduced the newest Bluey character, Dougie – a profoundly Deaf child (dog) who uses Auslan to communicate with his hearing mother. Watch the episode on ABC iView which includes an Auslan translator.

Click here to watch the full episode.

Sponsorships & Grants

Deaf Connect are committed to supporting Deaf, Deafblind, and hard of hearing Australians and activities and organisations that benefit our community. Thanks to our Deaf Lottery, there is a $300,000 investment each year for our community members to apply for grants and sponsorships for a variety of purposes. The Grants & Sponsorships program is open to all Deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing community members and their allies, community groups and organisations. Deaf Connect want to invest in as many diverse and exciting projects as possible. Support in developing your application is available, please contact us

Deaf Connect will be holding a webinar 31 August 2022 7pm – 8pm AEST on Grants and Sponsorships.

Grant applications are opening in July 2022 and we are currently taking expressions of interest.

Parramatta Office

Parramatta Community Access is back up and running!

We recently had some renovations done at the Parramatta office, including a new space for walk-ins! Want to know walk-in times of your local office? Click here to learn more.

If you have any questions, please direct them to


Courses for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Paramatta

Deaf Connect is offering a range of courses for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Parramatta.

The courses will develop your skills across a range of subjects including English, computer skills, digital art and event planning.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and is fee-free for students who meet the eligibility criteria.

For more information or to enrol please contact us, via email:

Courses for Deaf people in the Central Coast

Deaf Connect is excited to announce we will have two new courses in the Central Coast, New South Wales.

The first is an English course that will help you to improve your grammar, spelling, reading and writing for the workplace and everyday life.

The second is a computer and iPad skills course that will help you gain digital literacy skills and improve your communication through technology.

For more information or to enrol please contact us, via email:

Work with Deaf Connect

Want to know what it’s like to work as an interpreter for Deaf Connect? We asked one of our long-term interpreters, Duke, why he enjoys working as an interpreter at Deaf Connect.

We are currently hiring in every state and territory in Australia. Starting 1 July, we will pay you the equivalent of 1 hour of pay for registering to work with us.

Click here to head to our website for more information and to apply.

Let's Connect Roadshow

Today we are in Lismore before we take on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Townsville this week – are you coming along?

The Let’s Connect Roadshow is a chance for the Deaf community to come together and connect with each other! Hope to see you there!

Click here to see when we will be near you!

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