Four people talking at Able Art exhibition 2018

Upcoming Events


17th Deafblind International World Conference 2019.

Hosted by Able Australia, the 17th Deafblind International World Conference will be held on the Gold Coast. The conference will offer the most up to date information on Accessibility, Communication & Technology.

Early bird registrations – 1st December 2018 to 28th February 2019.
Full registrations – 1st March to 30th June 2019.

Event Date: Monday 12th August – Friday 16th August.
Location: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland.
For more information, visit the Conference website or send an email to
Able Australia Hearing Assistance Group

Meet others who are hearing impaired or cochlear implant users. Learn new hearing management skills.

Weekly classes in hearing loss management cover: 

  • Using captions
  • Using your ‘T’ Switch 
  • Communication skills and strategies
  • Speech reading

Date: Every Thursday

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Morning Tea included

Location: Able Australia Southport, 13 Sykes Court Southport

For more information, please contact the Able Australia Southport Office on (07) 5600 0700 or

Gold Coast CICADA Queensland Monthly Meet Up

People with a cochlear impact or thinking about getting a cochlear implant can meet others in similar circumstances, share stories and obtain impartial advice.

Date: The first Wednesday of every month

Time: 10:00am

Location: Able Australia Southport, 13 Sykes Court Southport

For more information, please contact the Able Australia Southport Office on (07) 5600 0700 or

Deafblind Awareness Week Celebration

Celebrating Deafblind Awareness Week (24 – 30 June) with an event at Ross House in Melbourne!

Date: 19 June

Time: 12pm – 4pm
Location: Ross House 
Level 4, Room Hayden Raysmith 
247-252 Flinders Lane 
Melbourne, Victoria
Deafblind Camp 2019 - Applications Closed.

Our annual Deafblind Camp has been a huge success in years past. For 2019, the camp will be held in Phillip Island. We are busy organising some wonderful activities for you to enjoy.

We hope you register to attend so we can create memories with you. 

Event Date: 22nd – 24th March 2019.
Location: Phillip Island Adventure Resort, 1775 Phillip Island Road, COWES 3822.
Applications for the camp have now closed. To put your name on the waiting list, please contact Marcus Rickards at or via SMS on 0419 882 442.
NDIS for Deafblind: Information Session

Join Justin Elks Senior Support Coordinator from Able Australia as he talks to us about NDIS for Deafblind persons.

Justin will help you understand the NDIS better and he will talk about:

  • NDIS and housing/ accommodation
  • Technology and equipment
  • Transport
  • Your everyday needs and the NDIS
  • Types of support some Deafblind are using NDIS funds for
  • What does ‘reasonable and necessary’ mean
  • Getting the most out of your planning session
  • How to prepare for meetings with the NDIA (NDIS planner or other staff)

Bring along your Questions about the NDIS to ask Justin and share in this discussion to help you better understand the NDIS and how it can benefit you.

Event Date: Thursday 14 March 2019, 9.00 AM to 12.00 pm

Event Location: Northgate Hall, 71 Scott Street, Northgate

RSVP: 1 March 2019

Please contact Danielle at to RSVP and provide your communication needs for the session.

If you are able to attend but you would be interested in participating via Zoom, please let me know so we can make arrangements to make this available for you.

International Women's Day Morning Tea - Lowood, Queensland

International Women’s Day is a global event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. What better way to celebrate than to indulge in a delicious community morning tea? There will be a guest speaker and entertainment to mark the occasion.

Event Date: Friday 8 March 2019
Location: Able Australia Lowood Office, 43 Park St Lowood

No cost, morning tea included

Ex-Mayor of Somerset Regional Council, committee member of Bendigo Bank, Director/Treasurer of Folk Art Cooperative Society Ltd, Secretary of West Moreton Landcare Group Inc. and well known community leader.

For more information, contact Jessy on 07 3812 3437.

To download a flyer about this event, click here.

Communication Guide Training Program - South Australia - Applications Closed.

Able Australia is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to take part in a FREE* Deafblind Communication Guide Training Program in Adelaide, SA.

Event Date: Monday 18th February at 9:00am – Friday 22nd February at 5:00pm 2019
Location: Adelaide, South Australia.

Deafblind Communication Guides provide direct one to one support to participants in a way that is tailored to meet their individual needs and goals.

The Communication Guide Training Program consists of classroom based training, site visits, guest speakers and a hands-on opportunity to support people who are deafblind in their communities.

By completing the Communication Guide Program, you will learn:

  • What it means to be deafblind.
  • Deafblind communication methods.
  • Adaptive and assistive technology.
  • Sighted guide training.
  • What makes a good Communication Guide.

What we need from you:

  • Proficient Auslan skills (desirable).
  • Enthusiasm, dedication and flexibility.
  • Good organisational and time management skills.
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate or willingness to obtain one.
  • Current Police Check or willingness to obtain one.
  • Commitments to the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Availability to attend an interview on 10 -11 December 2018.
  • Availability to attend a full-time 5 day training program from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019.
  • Availability to complete 20 hours of Communication Guide Placement from 25 February to 19 March 2019.

For further details, please contact Alisha Hill at

Social Haptic Communication Training.

Social Haptic Communication Method For Supporting Individuals with Deafblindness.

Join Dennis Witcombe (Winston Churchill Fellow) and Carla Anderson (National Manager, Deafblind Services) for a unique training experience.

Event Date:  Monday 17th September at 6:00pm – Monday 17th September at 9:00pm 2018
Location: Knapman House (RSB), 230 Pirie St, Adelaide

Social-Haptic Communication is an efficient and discrete way of giving social messages to a person who is vision impaired or deafblind. Using touch and symbols produced on the body, social haptic communication is an innovative way to assist deafblind people to experience and understand the world around them.

This training session will incorporate:

  • Practical implementations.
  • Environmental mapping.
  • Benefits and results of Social-Haptic Communication.
  • Practical examples and opportunities to try it first-hand.

Certificates of Attendance will be issued at the end of the workshop.

Tickets are strictly limited so please ensure you book your place online at EVENTBRITE (follow the link

For further information please contact or 0424 372 846.

About the facilitator: Dennis Witcombe is a NAATI accredited professional interpreter. Having been awarded as Victorian Deafblind Interpreter of the year three times, he is well-known and respected for his work with the deafblind community. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship to research deafblind communication overseas. He currently works for Able Australia as an in-house interpreter and deafblind communication consultant delivering workshops on Deafblind Awareness, Deafblind Interpreting and Social Haptic Communication.