Over 700,000 New Zealanders are Hearing Impaired. We support the rights of people with hearing loss, and uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Campaigning for Captioning
By Captioning only 25% of public television, the New Zealand government is failing to meet its human rights obligations in relation to captioning. Read more on our captioning campaign here.
The National Foundation for the Deaf has sent a submission to the UN’s four-yearly review of New Zealand’s human rights. The focus is the pressing issues of ACC, Auditory Processing Disorder and captioning. Read more.
Thank you to our participants and their supporters for making the inaugural Silent Leadership Challenge a huge success! Find out more about the event and our fantastic participants, and view photos and award winners.
The Foundation has outlined the principles and plans that will guide its vision and work over the next seven years in the booklet Strategic Sounds: The National Foundation for the Deaf Strategic Plan 2020, published in June.
Read the booklet, or contact our CEO Louise Carroll.
The World Health Assembly has urged WHO Member States to implement a number of vital measures to improve health care for people with disabilities. Read the full article here.
A major breakthrough in the understanding of hearing and noise-induced hearing loss has been made by hearing scientists from three Pacific Rim universities. The research was part-funded by The Deafness Research Foundation. Read the full article.
Louise will be assisting IFHOH and its members in its work with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The Foundation is one of 45 IFHOH members from 29 countries.
Four-year-old Tyler had fluid in both ears that is stopping his ear drums from vibrating to sound, and he needed grommets to assist with regaining his hearing. But his family was advised it would be at least 6 months before he could get an appointment to be assessed for surgery.
The Foundation and Project HIEDI have responded to the reported need for 2000 babies to be recalled for hearing screening tests after the Ministry of Health discovered “irregularities” in its national Newborn Hearing Screening Programme.