Launched in 2021 the Deaf Connect Impact Team is a new focus for the organisation, delivering research, government advocacy and community empowerment alongside all Deaf Australians.
During the 2022 Federal Election campaign, Our Impact team has been ensuring Deaf Connect can deliver research-based advocacy, lobbying for the key issues facing Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing Australians. We aim to ensure that equity for Deaf Australians is considered by all parties among the range of critical issues in this election.
Already this year, our Impact team has begun a national roadshow – this has included online consultation, but also includes visiting the Deaf community face-to-face – for the first time since COVID-19 emerged.
From Darwin to Cairns, Deaf Connect is excited to meet with community members who have been affected in many ways throughout COVID-19.
Deaf Connect Chief Impact Officer, Brent Phillips says: “Our vision is to ensure every Deaf and hard of hearing Australian is able to access services regardless of where they live, and benefit from our programs and projects – a wonderful example was our advocacy work with the Northern Territory Government where we secured funding to employ an interpreter in NT for the next three years, giving Deaf Territorians access to information, services and supports. We are also planning a big year of face-to-face events throughout Australia to ensure we connect with Deaf and hard of hearing Australians and deliver projects and initiatives that build the community’s capacity”
With the Deaf Lottery being the funding arm of Deaf Connect, the funding for the establishment of the Impact team and our important work comes directly through your support of our lottery.
Through your support, you are directly enabling Deaf Connect to move beyond service delivery, and take an active role in improving the lives of future generations of Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Australians.
We wish you all the best of luck in Deaf Lottery 199.