The Royal South Australian Deaf Society was established in 1891 and is South Australia’s second oldest registered charitable service provider. Since our inception we have provided a range of services to the deaf and hearing impaired community living in South Australia. The Royal South Australian Deaf Society’s brand name is Deaf Can:Do.
We are home to a well-attended Senior Citizens Group, SADRA (Recreation Association), a Deaf Church and the SA Deaf Women’s Guild along with other smaller groups who use it as a centre for meeting and sharing fellowship through Auslan and deaf culture.
Following discussions between Deaf Can:Do and Can:Do 4Kids, the state’s two oldest charities integrated in February 2007 to form the Can:Do Group Charities.
This structural change led to the integration of our administrative functions, resulting in a reduction of costs in management and administration to ensure a very high percentage of the charity dollar goes direct to the provision of services.
Deaf Can:Do is pivotal to the 800 strong South Australian Deaf Community, other deaf South Australians and a large number of hard of hearing South Australians.
A smaller number of people who are Deafblind are also supported as we provide the only qualified Deafblind interpreting service in South Australia.