Deaf Victoria had held some talks with the National Transport Commission, and also the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission we are calling another forum again, to educate you all on what your rights are as a truck driver.
See the flyer here. This event is open to Deaf and hard of hearing truck drivers, and also anyone interested in learning about thier rights, in accordance to the Equal Opportunity Laws.
Deaf Victoria is announce that we are launching an investigation into Auslan interpreting provision in hospitals in Victoria. We will be working with Aslia Vic and the Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Commission to identify changes and good outcomes for all. We have informed all Interpreting agencies, hospitals and Deaf service providers of our intentions via an open letter sent on 22nd August 2013 which you can find here.
WE NEED YOUR STORIES!!
Your information will be kept confidential at all times, we will assist you to resolve the issue, and also collect the data to identify areas of change.
Letter from MP Kim Wells, Minister for Police and Emergency Services to let us know that the Firearms Safety Course application form that states that interpreters will not be provided and paid for, is being amended as they recognized that it was in breach of the Equal Opportunity Act and Disability Discrimination Act. Read the response here.
The National Relay Service has delivered, as promised earlier this year, the SMS Relay Service. For more information, see this link on their page: http://relayservice.gov.au/making-a-call/sms-relay/
The SMS Relay number is 0423 677 767. Save it in your phone today!
Recently the addition of "The Victoria Police or Victoria State Government will not under any circumstances be accountable for payment of monies owed for an Interpreter service" to the Victoria Police Firearms Safety Course form was brought to Deaf Victoria's attention. See the form here.
Deaf Victoria wrote to the Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Police and the Minister of Police and Emergency Services to bring this matter to their attention. Read our letter here.
We will keep you updated when we get a response.
The 2nd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf is being held in Sydney from 16-18 October 2013.
The theme of the Conference is “equality for deaf people”. There will be a particular focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The keynote presenters are Raghav Bir Joshi, business man, leader and activist for deaf people in Nepal, Rosemary Kayess, a human rights lawyer from the University of NSW and Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the United States Department of State.
There will be four presentation streams:
- Equality in the community
- Equality in youth and education
- Advocating for equality
- Equality in language and linguistics
Presenters will be from all around the world including Africa, Asia, America and Europe. There will be a panel discussion by deaf MPs around the world including Mojo Mathers from New Zealand.
The venue is the Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney. The Welcome Reception will be at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Conference Dinner will be at The Ivy.
Official languages of the Conference are English, Australian Sign Language, International Sign. Real time English captions will be provided for all events and presentations.
The Centenary of the Deaf Society of NSW will be celebrated after the Conference from 19-20 October.
Early bird registrations close 1 August 2013.
The Victorian Government is is undertaking a review of Accessible Public Transport Action Plan for Victoria (this new draft was posted to us in hard copy only), and also, at the same time, the Australian Department of Infrastructure is undertaking a review of Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (you can find this at: http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport/disabilities/review/index.aspx) So 2013 is a good time to look at Public Transport Access for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Victoria and Australia! Deaf Victoria made submissions to both reviews. Read our responses below:
The Victorian Government has released a Metropolitan Planning Strategy for the city of Melbourne. From this, a discussion paper was released called "Melbourne, lets talk about the future"
This paper covers everything that Melbourne has to offer- the economy, housing, communities, welfare, transport and infrastructure over the next 40 years.
Deaf Victoria has provided feedback and comments on this paper on behalf of Victorians Deaf and hard of hearing community.
if you wish to read the paper, and provide your own comments, visit www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au
The Project, on Channel Ten, aired a segment about the need for an SMS emergency service for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Australia. This prompted the Australian Government to announce that YES, we will have and SMS Emergency service from July 2013.
Read the segment here
Read the announcement from Senator Stephen Conroy here
Read the Media Release from Australian Communications Action Network here