Power of Speech

The Power of Speech event celebrates the remarkable outcomes possible for cochlear implant recipients and is part of First Voice’s world-leading early intervention programs for children with hearing loss. The six speakers from across Australia and New Zealand helped challenge common perceptions about hearing loss and what people with hearing loss can achieve.

This year, six inspiring children (aged 7-8) with hearing loss took the floor at Parliament House and addressed some of Australia’s most powerful politicians at the 2019 Power of Speech event sponsored by Cochlear Limited.


The participants, from across Australia and New Zealand, presented a short speech to key policy makers around the topic ‘My Hearing Future’, demonstrating how early intervention support and cochlear implants have been helping these children reach their full potential.

The national event was held in October 2019 at the Mural Hall, Parliament House, Canberra.

Loud Shirt Day

Loud Shirt Day is an annual fundraising day celebrated in October of each year to support the work of First Voice member centres. It’s celebrated each year by schools, small and large businesses, cafes, government departments – any many other different types of organisations – to support children who are deaf or hearing impaired. Many organisations nominate their own date in October to recognise the day – and tie this into a staff event, general fundraiser or other team building opportunity. Loud Shirt Day is a day to wear your brightest clothes and raise money to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf children.

You can find out more or register to participate by visiting the Loud Shirt Day website.

Why support Loud Shirt Day
All First Voice member and affiliate centres receive only a portion of their funding from state and federal governments, and rely heavily on corporate and community support and fundraising to raise the funds necessary to deliver intensive therapy services to those families that need them.