First Voice Members
Our member and affiliated organisations include:
Early intervention & other services
First Voice members provide early childhood intervention services to more than 1,000 children living with deafness or hearing loss in Australia and New Zealand. This is one of the largest cohorts of children receiving early intervention services for hearing loss in the world.
Some of our members also provide hearing screening and adult related services.
How our members work
Our member and affiliated organisations operate on a multi-disciplinary team model with a strong focus on family-centred practice. Our centres work with a range of specialist health and education professionals, including:
- cochlear implant surgeons
- paediatric audiologists
- speech pathologists
- certified auditory verbal therapists
- teachers of the deaf
- psychologists, child and family counsellors and social workers
- occupational therapists
- specialist kindergarten professionals (including kindergarten and early childhood teachers, assistants and inclusion aides) and special education teachers.
Hear and Say
A leading paediatric auditory-verbal and cochlear implant centre, Hear and Say has been teaching children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak since 1992. Its head office is located at Ashgrove and regional families are serviced by centres in Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Nambour and the Gold Coast. The centre also provides telepractice (outreach) services to families in regional and remote areas.
Taralye is Victoria’s leading oral language centre which provides services to deaf and hearing impaired children and their families throughout the State. Taralye is a not-for-profit organisation located in Blackburn, which supports young hearing impaired children (0-6 years) and their families. The centre offers a range of early intervention and early childhood programs for children living with hearing loss.
Telethon Speech & Hearing
Established in 1967, Telethon Speech & Hearing is a long established non-profit organisation that teaches children with speech and language or hearing impairments to listen and speak. Located at Wembley, the centre offers a range of services, including playgroup, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and pre-primary programs. It also provides support programs for school-aged children with hearing loss.
Cora Barclay Centre
Cora Barclay Centre provides family centred auditory-verbal therapy for children who are deaf or hearing impaired and wear hearing aids, cochlear implants or other listening devices. Centrally located in North Adelaide, the centre offers auditory-verbal therapy, music and parent infant programs for 0-6 year olds and specialist support services for school students up to the age of 18 years.
The Shepherd Centre
NSW and ACT
The Shepherd Centre teaches deaf and hearing impaired children how to listen and speak. Established in 1970, The Shepherd Centre operates five centres in New South Wales (Darlington, Liverpool, Roseville, Wollongong) and the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra). The centre also works with families in rural and remote areas and overseas via its residential workshop and correspondence programs.
The Hearing House
The Hearing House teaches deaf and hearing-impaired children to listen and speak. Located at Greenlane in Auckland, the centre provides an auditory verbal therapy program that enables children to speak clearly and naturally like their hearing peers. These programs are also supported by audiology services, a preschool, parent support, a transition to school program and an industry training program.
Auditory Verbal UK
At Auditory Verbal UK we want all deaf babies and children to have the opportunity to listen and speak as equals alongside their hearing peers. We work to raise expectations and outcomes for deaf children, as well as increasing awareness, understanding and access to Auditory Verbal therapy by providing services directly to families and sharing our expertise with health and education professions so that many more families can access Auditory Verbal therapy close to where they live. Founded in 2003, Auditory Verbal UK has grown to be the leading provider of Auditory Verbal therapy in the UK. Our charity and its leaders have won numerous sector awards and continue to collaborate with organisations working in the field in the UK and worldwide.
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia’s largest non-government provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss, their families, and the professionals who support them. The range of specialist services available at RIDBC is unique in Australia and benefits thousands of children, adults, families and professionals each year. These services are delivered by a broad group of highly qualified professionals including teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, audiologists, orthoptists, psychologists, social workers, technology consultants, physiotherapists, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons and more. Using in-person sessions combined with modern technology, RIDBC connects children, adults and families across Australia to the expert education, therapy, cochlear implant, and vision or hearing support services they need.