Upcoming Events

Able Online

Able Online is a new service for Able Day Centre and Residential clients.

We have a range of online sessions via Zoom for you to connect with others in the Able community.


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 – 11:30am

Location: Able Australia Southport, 13 Sykes Court Southport

For more information, please contact the Able Australia Southport Office on (07) 5600 0700 or southportreception@ableaustralia.org.au

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 southportreception@ableaustralia.org.au.

Past Events

Seniors Short Story Writing Competition

We invite all members of the senior community to participate in this project by sharing their life stories. This competition is a way of recognising and valuing the experiences of seniors. This is an opportunity to impart knowledge and wisdom to younger generations.

Submissions now being accepted. Competition closes 31 May.

Selected stories will be published in our Senior’s Short Stories book to be distributed to the authors and amongst the community. Entries will go in the draw to win 1 of 20 $50 gift cards

All entries are to be emailed to jessy.byrnes@ableaustralia.org.au.

So, what’s your story?

For more information about the terms and conditions, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessy at Able Australia on 5600 0733 or 0427 211 816

Deafblind Communications Guide Training Program

Able Australia is offering FREE Deafblind Communication Guide Training Program, starting March 2020!

In this program, you will learn how to provide one to one support to people who are deafblind. After successful completion of the training course, you will be eligible to be a Communication Guide for deafblind clients.

The Deafblind Communication Guide Training Program is located in Adelaide and offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00pm to 9:00pm during March 2020.

If you are interested in helping people living with deafblindness to communicate and meet their individual goals and needs, this is the program for you!

For more information and to register, please click on this link, or contact:

Karen Coutts

Program Support Officer – TAFE SA Auslan

E: Karen.Coutts@tafesa.edu.au

Alisha Hill

Community Development Worker – Able Australia

M: 0424 372 846 (SMS only)

E: alisha.hill@ableaustralia.org.au

Workshop Series: Working with People with Deafblindness

Join Able Australia as we deliver a series of free interactive workshops on deafblindness in Mount Gambier, South Australia from Tuesday 29th – Thursday  31st October.

Through attending the workshops, participants will develop a broad understanding of deafblindness, its causes and implications, and how to work confidently and safely in the areas of communication, mobility, access and inclusion.

The training consists of six individual half-day workshops across three consecutive days. Each workshop has its own distinct focus and have been developed for employees working in the health, ageing and disability sectors to better support people who experience deafblindness/dual sensory loss. Students studying in these fields with an interest in deafblindness are also welcome to attend.

The Working with people with deafblindness’ workshop series includes:

Workshop 1: Walk in my Shoes – Deafblind Awareness

Workshop 2: Show Me The Way – Guiding a Deafblind Person

Workshop 3: Communication Methods for Acquired Deafblindness

Workshop 4: Communication Methods for Congenital Deafblindness

Workshop 5: Deafblindness and the NDIS

Workshop 6: Count me in! Technology for Deafblind People

Click above to secure your place.

For information about the available workshops and what is required to receive a Certificate of Completion of the Deafblind Communication and Guiding training, please click here or email Alisha.hill@ableaustralia.org.au.



Dr Meredith Prain has over 20 years’ experience working together with people with deafblindness as a speech pathologist, researcher and project manager.

Alisha Hill works as a community development worker supporting people who are deafblind in Adelaide. Having rebuilt her life after losing her vision and hearing eight years ago, Alisha has lived experience of acquired deafblindness.


All workshops will be held in the conference room at Regional Development Australia, Limestone Coast152 Jubilee Hwy E, Mount Gambier SA.

Please note that Able Australia is not an ASQA registered training organisation (RTO) and this workshop series is not accredited or regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Any questions?

For more information please contact Alisha Hill by email alisha.hill@ableaustralia.org.au.

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

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 dbi2019@ableaustralia.org.au