DCCQ believes that every deaf child has the right to bilingual education.
Why is this important? Alongside the medical and technological improvements of recent decades, it is important for every deaf child to learn about the positive aspects of being deaf. Nine out of every ten deaf children are now born to hearing parents. For a deaf child to reach his/her full potential, it is vital that the child, parents and siblings learn to communicate in Auslan with each other. Being part of the Deaf community broadens the horizons for the deaf child and his/her family with access to the rich culture, heritage, support and role models within this thriving community.
Once a baby is diagnosed as being deaf, alongside the medical model, a cultural model need to be implemented to support the family and provide access to a broader base of information. Deaf students need access to deaf adult role-models. Deaf students need to be taught by fluent Auslan using teachers who are qualified teachers of the deaf and are specialised in sign language pedagogy.
DCCQ plans to work in partnership with various organisations with the aim of making Auslan more visible to the general community and education sectors. DCCQ welcomes parents with newly diagnosed children with a hearing loss to contact DCCQ for enquires and support. Therefore, parents will be fully informed and can make the best decision for their child and their family. DCCQ plans to collaborate with education sectors ensuring schools who uses Auslan are trained in sign language pedagogy.