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New online forum now launched for the deaf and hard of hearing community

November 28, 2014

The Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of a new, online forum where the deaf and hard of hearing community can discuss relevant or topical issues, meet new friends and share information.

The forum has been set up to enable you to share your experiences of how your hearing loss is affecting you, your family and your friends.  We will keep you up-to-date with the latest law changes, ACC funding, research, events and other initiatives, and give you the opportunity to discuss and debate these and other important issues affecting our community.

The advocacy work we at The National Foundation for the Deaf have been involved with continues.  Since 2010, we have tackled obstacles such as inequitable funding for children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), cutbacks in ACC funding for hearing aids, poor broadcast captioning, workplace bullying and toxic classroom noise.

The forum will support our ongoing campaign to empower New Zealand’s estimated over 700,000 hard of hearing through advocacy, publicity and direct action, both nationally and internationally.

Please help us spread the word about our online forum for the deaf and hard of hearing to your friends and family, neighbours and colleagues.  We know it can be lonely having hearing loss and we invite you to join us in the forum discussions.  Whether you join purely for social contact or to discuss the more serious and critical changes happening in our sector, we value and welcome your thoughts, experience and knowledge. Your contributions to the forum will really help others who are dealing with hearing loss as well as assist The National Foundation for the Deaf shape advice and policies for improvement in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Please visit our discussion forums by clicking on the following link below:


You can either simply read the conversations already started or if you want to contribute, a simple sign-up registration process will give you access to have your say within minutes. Select "Join Us" to sign-up.

We value your input and look forward to having some lively discussions online!

The official launch...

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WELCOME to our new online forum!!