International honour for Able Australia

15 March 2017

Leading disability service provider, Able Australia has been globally recognised for its service provision for the deafblind community.

Deafblind International (DbI) has appointed Able Australia as its new Secretariat, placing it at the decision-making table of the world’s peak body for deafblindness issues. The Secretariat role is an important part of DbI’s Management Committee and is appointed by the Board to undertake executive action on deafblind issues internationally.

Deafblind International (DbI) supports professionals (educators, administrators, researchers, medical specialists, etc.), families and people who are deafblind by sharing knowledge and developing services that enable a good quality of life for children and adults with deafblindess around the world.

Able Australia CEO and current DbI Board Member, Kaye Collard said the appointment was an honour and a great start to a milestone year for the not-for-profit organisation.

“We are celebrating our 50th birthday this year so this appointment is a terrific way to start 2017,” she said.

“We have a long and proud history of supporting people with deafblindness, dating back to our origins as the Victorian Deaf Blind and Rubella Children’s Association. Although we now offer a broader range of disability services across the country, our commitment to supporting people with deafblindess remains unchanged.”

Able Australia’s Special Projects Coordinator, Gary Daly has been nominated to represent Able Australia in the Secretariat role and says it’s a timely appointment during the lead up to the 17th Deafblind International World Conference on the Gold Coast in 2019.

“As hosts of this conference, it will be very important for Able Australia to get a full understanding of the broader issues facing people with deafblindness around the world. I am confident this executive appointment will assist us to put together a dynamic conference program that really addresses the needs of the global deafblind community.”