We help children with hearing loss

develop spoken language.

Our mission and 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 and 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, New Zealand and across the globe. They lead the world in listening and spoken language therapies for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.

If you have a concern about hearing loss, please contact our member centre closest to you.

Our member and affiliated organisations include:

Foundation Members
Cora Barclay Centre
Hear and Say
Taralye (an RIDBC Service)
Telethon Speech & Hearing
The Shepherd Centre

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)

International Affiliates
The Hearing House, New Zealand (Founding Member)
Auditory Verbal UK, United Kingdom

Latest News

First Voice 2018 Year in Review

The First Voice 2018 Year in Review showcases the great work of First Voice over 2017/18 and demonstrates our commitment to research and advocacy and ensuring that children with hearing loss are given the best chance to realise their full potential in...

AVUK featured as BBC’s October 2018 TV charity appeal

Last month, First Voice member centre Auditory Verbal UK was chosen by the BBC to feature as the October TV charity appeal. The viewing audience was estimated to be over a million and the appeal has so far raised around £30,000. The BBC has published a short film they...

Get LOUD this October for Loud Shirt Day!

First Voice wishes all of its Australian member organisations and supporters a loud and colourful Loud Shirt Day on Friday, October 19. Loud Shirt Day is an annual appeal of First Voice and its member organisations to raise funds to support services that enable deaf...

Welcome to our new International Affiliate AVUK

It’s with great delight we welcome Auditory Verbal UK to our network of First Voice member centres. AVUK has grown to be the leading provider of Auditory Verbal therapy in the UK and has won numerous sector awards and continues to collaborate with organisations...

First Voice welcomes new member RIDBC

First Voice welcomes The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) as a new member organisation. Joining the First Voice Board as a Director and representative for RIDBC is Bart Cavalletto, Director, Services RIDBC. RIDBC will join First Voice as leaders...

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Concerned about your child’s hearing?

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