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 Annabel with sister Alexandra and mother Helen

Hearing Week 2014

During Hearing Week (24-30 March) we highlight the important role technology plays in improving the quality of life for deaf and hearing impaired New Zealanders. While there's much to celebrate, we still have a long way to go in helping Kiwis like Annabel (pictured above with sister Alexandra and mother Helen).
Download the Caption It campaign poster featuring Annabel  
Read more about Annabel and Hearing Week 2014

Over 700,000 New Zealanders are hearing impaired. The National Foundation for the Deaf supports the rights of people with hearing loss and upholds the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Caption It campaign


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 Caption It campaign
Download our Caption It poster

Captel phones now only $149 reduced from $323. Only 75 phones are offered at this great price, for a limited time! Call 0800 CAPTEL and use the code 'NFD' to redeem this special price. Download the special offer poster
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.

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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.

Strategic Sounds - The NFD Strategic Plan 2020


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.

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People has appointed the Foundation's CEO Louise Carroll to fill the newly-created position of Human Rights Officer.
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.

The new CapTel Phone was launched in Parliament in February.  The Foundation's CEO Louise Carroll took New Zealand's first ever CapTel call from Communications Minister Amy Adams. Find out more about CapTel.

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.

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.

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In the Autumn 2014 issue of our magazine Hearing Matters we report on the campaign for TV and movie captions. Download this issue

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Excessive noise is harmful to hearing. Our Safe Sound Indicator (SSI) helps children learn the importance of protecting their hearing - and gives teachers a tool to keep the noise levels down. Learn more   Order now

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Having trouble hearing on the phone?
A Captel phone turns your caller's words into captions on the screen almost instantly, while you still hear the actual sounds of your caller speaking. Learn more.


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