Purpose and values
Access Plus WA Deaf works to foster a community of communication without limits.
• Community – using culture & history to build upon differences and similarities that bind us together
• Access – providing opportunities & developing partnerships
• Inclusion – offering services & activities for ALL people impacted by communication barriers
• Progress – embracing change & seeking opportunities to strengthen our future
Access Plus’ Purpose and Values expresses what the organisation aspires to become and achieve, a contemporary organisation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
The Mantra of “Access for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the centre of everything we do” identifies and realises those core values and purpose.
Learn More – Go to our Strategy on a Page (SOAP) for more information.
How We Help
What is Auslan?
- Australian Sign Language (Auslan) is the language of the Australian Deaf community. A language that uses its own unique signs, grammar, expressions and linguistic features.
- Many people think that Auslan is exclusively for Deaf people, but this is not true! More and more people who are Hard of Hearing or nonverbal are learning Auslan to have another way to communicate. Think of it as another tool in your communication toolbox.
- Contact us to find out about an Access MyTraining community education class close to you.
How do I book an Interpreter?
- Access Interpreting provides Auslan interpreters for a range of settings throughout Western Australia.
- We are the only organisation to hold a Common Use Agreement (CUA) with the WA Government for Auslan Interpreting Services and ISO 9001 accreditation so you can be confident of our staff providing professional and reliable interpreting at all times.
- To book an Access Interpreter click here.
Navigating the workplace with hearing loss
- Discrimination against someone in the workplace because of a disability (such as hearing loss) is illegal.
- In Australia, 1 in 6 Australians is affected by hearing loss, making it more common than you think. Chances are someone in your workplace is in a similar position to you.
- The Access Plus team have experience and a deep understanding of your unique situation. They can also assist you with support such as interpreting under the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF), provide information about services and solutions that address disability-related barriers in the workplace such as Deafness Awareness Training or assistive technology referral.
I have an NDIS package
- When it comes to communication barriers, everyone’s situation is different. Your NDIS package will be as unique as you are. The Access MyNDIS team can help you prepare for your NDIS planning meeting or review by providing you with relevant and up to date information and advice to get the most out of the NDIS.
- Contact us to chat to our Access MyNDIS team to learn more.
My baby has been diagnosed with hearing loss
- At Access Plus we have a bilingual philosophy that children need to learn to communicate, not just speak. The thing about language is that it’s more than just what your ears can hear.
- Infants are born with the potential to learn any human language. Which language or languages they actually learn depends on which languages they have access to. The first six months of life represents a particularly sensitive period in early language development and acquisition.
- Contact our Access MyLife team to learn more about Baby Sign classes and the benefits of our bilingual Language Early Access Program (LEAP).
- Communicating with those close to you when you have hearing loss can be challenging at first. However, with a few adjustments you can make communicating to your family and friends easier.
- We offer Auslan for Families and Auslan for Participants courses as well as access to an Occupational Therapist (for eligible individuals) to provide assistive technology in the home.
- Get in touch with the Access Plus team today to see how we can help you.
In many ways 2017/18 was a year of great change for the WA Deaf Society.I started as the new CEO in August and I want to thank Rebecca Adam for the wonderful work she did in her time as CEO. This past year we have also seen the NDIS rollout across WA confirmed in...
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We provide activities and events for the WA Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, and your generosity ensures these services can continue in the future.