Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults like to attend movies together. See the latest listings in your area at Captioned Movies
Deaf 111 Text Service
You can signup to be able to text our emergency services in the event of requiring emergency assistance.
- The New Zealand Police website has all the Q’s and A’s for you at Emergency 111 Deaf Text Service
- Contact them today to have this amazing service http://www.police.govt.nz/deaf-txt
A nationwide Deaf Aotearoa service for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children aged 0-5, supporting families and whānau with:
- Learning New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
- Language development
- Learning about being Deaf/hard-of-hearing in Aotearoa
- Connecting with other families and Deaf role models.
First Signs brings NZSL into the home and family/whānau environments, making learning NZSL fun.
Go to First Signs website https://www.deaf.org.nz/what-we-do/first-signs/
And check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FirstsignsDeafaotearoa/
Hearing Aid Batteries
Need to order or get replacement Batteries for your child’s/children’s Hearing Aids?
- Kelston Deaf Education Centre (residents north of Taupo) http://www.kdec.school.nz/services/technical_services
- Van Asch Deaf Education Centre’s (residents south of Taupo) http://online.vanasch.school.nz/WebSpace/395/
JRMcKenzie Youth Education Fund
The Fund wishes to help where death, sickness, family break up or economic hardship cause difficulty for young people and their caregivers to meet the costs of their education. Applications must be related to a young person’s education, although this term can be broadly interpreted. The Fund will not cover general tuition fees.
Types of grants made are dependent upon local criteria, grants may cover:
- School uniforms and clothing and footwear.
- Special tuition or course fees.
- Text books and stationery.
- Special grants especially for glasses or to help students with special needs.
For more information, go to the Youth Education Fund page
Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education provides funding, services and support for children with special education needs.
Ministry of Health
If your child has a hearing loss, find out how to catch it early and what services are out there to help. See their website at :
New Zealand Relay Service
New Zealand Relay (NZ Relay) is a telecommunications service for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-impaired.
You can use NZ Relay to make telephone calls to family, businesses, government ministries – anyone who has a phone.
Online New Zealand Sign Language Dictionary
A multimedia multilingual (Māori/English) for help with New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
Based out of Victoria University in Wellington, it was developed to help all users of NZSL.
Learn NZSL online
Learn NZSL is a free learning portal on New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).
Watch, learn and practise how to use NZSL in common situations, shown as nine topics; within each topic, you’ll find plenty of videos, resources and exercises to keep you busy. Go through the topics in sequence to get the full story of Learn NZSL.
Success for Kids with Hearing Loss
Success for Kids with Hearing Loss is an American website with a number of resources for both parents and professionals of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
They have a newsletter that you are able to sign up for, as well as a place for professionals to sign up for a membership.
There are Professional Development podcasts for those interested in more.
Video Remote Interpreting
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) provides deaf people access to a NZSL interpreter for communication with government agency staff when a face-to-face interpreter is not available.
See more at http://www.vri.govt.nz/
WINZ Financial Assistance
Work and Income NZ provide assistance to support the extra care required for caring for deaf or hard of hearing children. Please see their website for more information.