Deaf Can:Do’s Community Services team provides social welfare support for people whose needs vary according to individual circumstances.
Community Services staff provide information, counseling, social welfare support, DeafBlind / Additional Needs support, independent living skills, aged care support and referral services the deaf and hard of hearing.
As required, Community Service workers will assist clients to access a range of external community agencies and organisations, supporting the referral process and working collaboratively with the agency or organisation.
Adults over 18 years can self-refer. Professionals and/or agencies and organisations can refer on behalf of clients, with permission. Referrals can be made by phone, email or post.
Eligibility for Services
An individual is eligible for service provision when:
- They require the use of an Auslan interpreter to access services within the mainstream community
- Their hearing impairment is such that it impedes their ability to communicate using the spoken language of the community
- They feel frustration, distress or difficulty in relation to their hearing loss
- Their hearing impairment has impeded their development of English and additional services/support are necessary to access written material in the community
- There is a perceived need by the individual, his/her family, carer/friend or professional