Can you imagine what it is like to be without both hearing and sight?
For Michael, who was born with deafblindness it’s all he’s ever known.
He cannot go anywhere at all outside his home without a guide.
And he can only communicate with people using a form of Auslan conveyed by touch.
It can be very isolating.
But there is a place where Michael can be himself and communicate freely and expressively with people who understand.
The annual camp run by Able Australia is one of the few places designed around the needs of people living with deafblindness
Michael looks forward to it every year. It is a chance to meet people, learn some new things and have some fun. Michael especially loves the Saturday night social where everyone dresses up.
Alex from Melbourne loves the camp too. He was thrilled when he met another young man around his own age from Western Australia there. They became friends and now Alex has someone with whom he can share ideas and experiences.
But these activities do not get any government funding and depend on the generosity of people like you.
Able Australia urgently needs to raise $212,000 to continue offering the annual camp, art therapy, training in technology, outings and other activities for people living with deafblindness.
With your support Alex and Michael
- can live the life they choose
- learn new technologies
- learn new skills
- make new friends and catch up with old friends.