Access Plus WA Deaf provides supports across a variety of programs that cater to the varying degrees of needs in the Deaf community.
Language Early Access Program (LEAP)
The key focus of LEAP is language. During all LEAP activities, children are exposed to both Auslan and English. Children learn these languages in a safe environment where language development is encouraged. The program also aims to promote children’s language acquisition by building on their signed and spoken communication skills.
Deaf Seniors 50+ Club
This program helps senior citizens who are Deaf Auslan users to meet every third Wednesday of the month, with activities, events and services for people aged 50 years and over.
The 50+ Club enjoy access to activities, outings, information sessions and seminars.
Employment Assistance Fund
Deafness Awareness Training
Funds to cover staff to attend Auslan courses
Your Rights & Advocacy
Human rights are universal, indivisible and interconnected. They belong to all people regardless of gender, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status such as disability or deafness.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of understanding by the general public of the linguistic and cultural needs of the Deaf community, the rights of Deaf people can often be overlooked or denied.
Discrimination against Deaf and Hard of Hearing Australians is prohibited under both federal and state laws. The links below are to assist you in protecting yourself against discrimination:
The law you use will depend on the type of complaint you wish to make and also the organisation you wish to complain about.
It is also possible to make complaints using the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For information about the convention in Auslan please click here.
If you would like free legal advice and help with making a complaint you can contact Sussex Street Community Law Services. They will also provide an Auslan Interpreter for free if requested.