First Voice is excited to announce the return of ‘Power of Speech’, an event which showcases the amazing achievements of children who are deaf and use spoken language to communicate, challenging the perceptions of what children with hearing loss can achieve. The Power of Speech is set to take place on 8 September 2022 at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra.

As part of the event, seven children between the ages of 7-8 from First Voice member organisations around Australia and New Zealand, who have received cochlear implants, will take to the centre stage. The children will present short speeches to key policymakers around this year’s theme, ‘Connections’, proving that deafness is not a barrier to human connections and how early intervention support and cochlear implants have been helping them reach their full potential. These inspiring children will also share with politicians how they defy commonly held misconceptions about growing up with a hearing loss.

“We are delighted to announce the official date for the Power of Speech, an event that allows children
who have hearing loss and who hear the world through their cochlear implant to share their stories and
experiences with politicians. It gives attendees the chance to hear first-hand the integral role that the
services provided by the members of First Voice play in the lives of those with hearing loss,” says Jim
Hungerford, Chair of First Voice.

The event will take place from 7am-9am on 8 September 2022 at The Mural Hall, Parliament House, Parliament Drive, Canberra, ACT. The event is made possible due to the sponsorship of Cochlear Limited.