2021 will be NFDHH's busiest year yet. There is a lot to do and there are many ways you can support our work and get involved.
Read on to learn about NFDHH's goals for the year ahead.
Raise awareness for the increasing levels of hearing loss around the world
and the World Health Organization’s call for “Hearing Care for All”.
March the 3rd is World Hearing Day and marked the launch of the World Report on Hearing and the start of Hearing Awareness Month.
NFDHH co-hosted a digital event with Carmel Sepuloni (Minister for Disability Issues) and Hon. Andrew Little (Minister of Health) on World Hearing Day to support the World Health Organization’s launch of the World Report on Hearing. The report is a massive call to action for policymakers and the public alike to prioritise hearing health.
Help New Zealanders who need hearing aids
to access them through the Hearing Aid Fund.
NFDHH aim to provide 100 grants in 2021 to support hard of hearing Kiwis to access the hearing aids they need to thrive. We do this by helping to bridge the financial gap through our Hearing Aid Fund.
Provide early detection and intervention through our
Hearing Screening Programme in secondary schools.
NFDHH aim to grow our Hearing Screening Programme in secondary schools from 8 to 20 schools across New Zealand in 2021.
Hearing screenings for adolescents are essential for ensuring young people receive a timely diagnosis and the hearing health care they need. The data collated will also be used to highlight the rising rates of youth hearing loss in New Zealand to the Government and the need for a national adolescent hearing screening programme.
Advocate for a more inclusive society that recognises the challenges
that affect Deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders.
NFDHH will continue to advocate for universal access for all Deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders to vital services, technology, communication tools and support. We also aim to double our efforts to raise awareness for the experiences of being Deaf or hard of hearing in New Zealand and encourage everyone to be more aware.
Transform New Zealand workplaces into places that are
supportive of Deaf and hard of hearing employees.
NFDHH will continue our efforts to make New Zealand workplaces hearing loss aware by signing on more employers to our Hearing Accredited Workplace Programme and by delivering educational workshops and hearing screenings to businesses across the country.
Combat Youth Hearing Loss by educating kids about how to Make Listening Safe.
NFDHH aim to educate 20,000 young New Zealanders about the importance of caring for their hearing for life in 2021. The Make Listening Safe programme, teaches kids to be more aware of safe levels of noise in their day to day lives, particularly digital media and music. This programme is delivered to selected schools across the country.
Support Deaf and hard of hearing New Zealanders wanting to learn more about
New Zealand Sign Language to take the first step on their journey.
NFDHH aim to support our community by offering free online beginner classes in New Zealand Sign Language. NZSL is a beautiful language and can really help those who are feeling isolated by their hearing loss to connect. Our classes aim to offer a first step towards learning more about this amazing language.