Mag­gie new ‘deaf ac­cess of­fi­cer’

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Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil’s new ‘deaf ac­cess of­fi­cer’ will work to im­prove the lives of deaf peo­ple across the Wim­mera.

Mag­gie Bridge­wa­ter is lead­ing the coun­cil’s Deaf Ac­cess Project, which will also be de­liv­ered in North­ern Grampians, Yar­ri­ambi­ack, Hind­marsh and West Wim­mera mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Hor­sham com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Kevin O’brien said the coun­cil was pleased to de­liver this im­por­tant ser­vice in the Wim­mera.

“The aim of the Deaf Ac­cess Project is to en­able peo­ple who are deaf and hard of hear­ing to par­tic­i­pate in and ben­e­fit from the same com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and main­stream ser­vices as ev­ery­one else,” he said.

“Com­mu­ni­ties need to have ac­ces­si­ble in­for­ma­tion to make de­ci­sions and choices.”

Mr O’brien said the project would en­able the coun­cil to con­tinue to im­prove uni­ver­sal ac­ces­si­bil­ity across its com­mu­ni­ties.

“It will pro­vide mean­ing­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties for the hard of hear­ing and deaf com­mu­ni­ties to be able to con­trib­ute to civic and com­mu­nity life,” he said.

City of Bal­larat pre­vi­ously pro­vided the Wim­mera Deaf Ac­cess ser­vice.

The worker was based in Bal­larat and cov­ered a broad ge­o­graphic area.

Mr O’brien said the Hor­sham coun­cil had joined forces with City of Bal­larat to de­liver the im­por­tant and in­no­va­tive ser­vice in the Wim­mera.

The Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices funds the project.

Peo­ple can con­tact Mag­gie via email at mag­gie.bridge­wa­[email protected], mo­bile text 0437 167 125 or TTY Dial 133 677, then ask for 5382 9533.

Peo­ple can email Mr O’brien at [email protected] au for more in­for­ma­tion about the Deaf Ac­cess Project.

IM­PROV­ING LIVES: Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil’s new deaf ac­cess of­fi­cer Mag­gie Bridge­wa­ter with a desk­top hear­ing box, avail­able at Hor­sham Civic Cen­tre re­cep­tion and Hor­sham Town Hall.

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