Full access and participation for deaf and hard of hearing people in Queensland, Australia.
Deaf Culture Council Queensland Inc. is an organisation whose mission is to represent diverse, vibrant and ever-changing communities of Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing people. Through our activities, promotions, and partnerships with other organisations, we aim to empower our communities toward full participation and contribution as equal citizens in Queensland.
Deaf Culture Council Queensland is fully run by the Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing people. Because we are deaf, we are in a better position to understand the needs of our communities.
We advocate for various sub-groups of the Deaf Communities
- Deaf with other disabilities
- Deaf with cochlear implants
- Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs)
- Deaf Children of Hearing Adults
We are willing to work together with sign language interpreters and professionals in deaf-related services for similar purposes and objectives.
- to represent the Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing people who use Australian Sign Language (Auslan).
- to act on behalf of the Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing in Queensland in matters related to Auslan, Deaf Culture, history, education, accessibility and quality of life.
- to promote and protect human rights for Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing people.
- to actively advocate for, provide advice to and consult with Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing people.
- to consult and negotiate with government departments, industries and service providers to improve quality of services to Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing people.
- to collect and utilise evidence based research to assist with advocacy and decision making.
- to provide Deaf heritage, language, and culture workshops to the general community.
- to collaborate with like-minded entities for the benefits of Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing people.
- to maintain a registry of eligible Deaf Elders as role models.
Article 30, paragraph 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognises Deaf culture in the following statement: “Persons with disabilities shall be entitled, on an equal basis with others, to recognition and support of their specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign languages and Deaf culture”.
For more information on Article 30, click here.