Brisbane-based foundation Hear and Say has grown so much it will be moving to a new location to keep up with demand.
Across Australia, the charity has helped hearing-impaired children succeed academically and now they’re asking you to help them.
Ellie McKay reports.
Li Cunxin’s daughter was diagnosed profoundly deaf at 18 months.
The author of “Mao’s Last Dancer” says 22 years later, cochlear implants and Auditory-Verbal Therapy have allowed Sophie to realise her dreams in the hearing world.
Li Cunxin, Author of Mao’s Last Dancer: “Without Hear and Say or people with compassion the wonderful work they are doing, Sophie would most likely be a child with no sound in her world, and she would be such a liability to our society.”
The organisation today launched a campaign to raise $10 million to enable them to help more children.
Dr Dimity Dornan, Managing Director and Founder: “Today is a very exciting day for Hear and say because today we’re launching our foundation which will be the beginning of our new building. So we’ve reached a stage where we know we can’t grow any more in the accommodation we have in our head office in Brisbane.”
The charity has sourced a larger inner city location to cope with the demand for their specialised services.
Hear and Say has ambitious plans to extend its services to more children like eight year old Claudia, who had cochlear implants at 16 months.
Claudia Worland, Student of Hear and Say Foundation: “They’ve helped me a lot. They’ve made me hear and I can speak and play with my friends and listen.”
The centre is expecting to face a doubling in demand by 2015, which means around 800 children will be involved in their main programs.
Ellie McKay, QUT News.