Our mission & vision:
We champion the right of all deaf people to listen and speak.
First Voice advocates for world-class early intervention services that give deaf children
the listening and spoken language skills necessary to achieve mainstream education,
employment of choice and social integration within the hearing world.
Who we are & what we do
First Voice is the regional voice for member organisations that provide listening and spoken language early intervention services for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Our members include some of the largest, oldest and most respected centres providing services for childhood hearing loss in Australia and New Zealand. They lead the world in listening and spoken language therapies for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Our member and affiliated organisations include:
Hear and Say, Queensland
Telethon Speech & Hearing, Western Australia
Cora Barclay Centre, South Australia
The Shepherd Centre, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
The Hearing House, New Zealand (affiliated)
If you have a concern about hearing loss, please contact our member centre closest to you.
Where to find us
First Voice congratulates all participants in this year’s Power of Speech, which was held at Parliament House in Canberra today.
Fundamental problems currently exist in relation to the children’s hearing services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. These issues present real threats to deaf children’s outcomes and to the goal of optimising their lifelong social and economic independence.
03/03/17: Early intervention drives lifetime success for deaf children: New research launched on World Hearing Day
The results of an Australian and New Zealand study into the education, employment and social outcomes of hearing-impaired children who receive early intervention therapy have been revealed today – marking World Hearing Day.
06/02/17: First Voice makes submission to Inquiry into the provision of hearing services under the NDIS
First Voice has today lodged its submission with the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s Inquiry into the provision of hearing services under the NDIS. The organisation has been a strong and vocal advocate for children’s hearing services as it transitions into the NDIS. It is now 3 ½ years since the commencement of the NDIS trials and there are many areas of deep concern.
First Voice has today distributed its 2016 Annual Report which showcases the remarkable achievements of its members in enabling children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak.