The last two months have seen the NRS outreach team travelling the country busy participating in conferences, workshops and expos. We have talked to hundreds of participants about how relay calls are one of many communication options for those who are deaf, or who have hearing or speech impairments.
One of the great aspects of taking part in these events is meeting NRS users at our display booths who share their personal stories of how the relay service has impacted their lives.
Recent conference events have included:
National Auslan Conference 2016 - a joint national conference held by Deaf Australia and the Australia Sign Language Interpreter Association in Melbourne. The conference’s theme was ‘A New Era’ focusing on the services provision for Auslan speakers.
Local Government Customer Service National conference – a conference bringing Local Government contact centres and customer service teams together from around the country. Panels and discussions focused on navigating the rapid changes in local government. The event gave the NRS team a perfect opportunity to discuss our Relay Service Friendly program.
Deaf Expo - we also attended the Melbourne Vicdeaf Deaf Expo where services and technologies relevant to deafness where displayed. Stalls included information about education, employment, hearing aids, assistive devices communication, sign language, technology, hearing loss prevention, sports, health, government services, and more.
Deaf Festival – The NRS was a bronze sponsor at this event run by the NSW Deaf Society. The festival celebrated Deaf Culture, Auslan and ‘all that makes the Deaf Community unique’.
SARRAH National Conference for Rural and Remote Allied Health Professionals – this annual conference brought allied health professionals together in South Australia and gave the NRS an opportunity to discuss with health intermediaries how the service can help clients in rural and remote areas.
National Deafblind Conference – most recently we attended the 10th National Deafblind conference in Fremantle WA hosted by Sense. A conference that focused on a group of Australians with unique needs and the technology, like the NRS, that can help with communication and life experience.