The Hear and Say Blog
Volunteers are Priceless Volunteers are Priceless This week is National Volunteer Week and an opportunity for us to recognise the work of the many people who have given up their valuable time to help give kids the gift of hearing, speech and language. This year as we celebrate 25 years we also recognise the people who have contributed to our past, present and future. Discuss
Ladies Long Lunch helps open worlds for more babies with hearing loss Ladies Long Lunch helps open worlds for more babies with hearing loss I am thrilled that our inaugural Ladies Long Lunch (LLL), which was a huge hit in 2016, is on again on Friday 26th May. This year we will be at Watt at the Powerhouse where great food, great company and great stories will be washed down with some of Australia’s best ‘bubbly’. Discuss
Every day we witness miracles at Hear and Say Every day we witness miracles at Hear and Say Even after 25 years I can still say that every day I see miracles occur at Hear and Say.Emma Rushbrooke ready to do her first teleMAP of a cochlear implant with a child in Kyrgyzstan.   From the miracle of a ‘switch on’ when a baby hears their mother’s voice for the first time to the simple joy of hearing a child running down the corridor with explosions of laughter because of something they heard. Discuss
Ask Poppy Tom and he will tell you that giving is the best gift ever…… Ask Poppy Tom and he will tell you that giving is the best gift ever…… What do you get for your birthday when you are turning 70? For ‘Poppy Tom’, the decision was an easy one – give back to others more deserving. “As you get older gifts seem a mere trifle compared with using the occasion to support others,” said Poppy Tom. Discuss
Ellen reflects on her internship at Hear and Say Ellen reflects on her internship at Hear and Say Last month we were thrilled to have Ellen, a UQ journalism student, intern with us supporting the Marketing, Communications and Fundraising team members. Ellen provided excellent support over her time with us and has shared her experiences with us in this short blog below. Discuss
Reasons to Celebrate in 2017 Reasons to Celebrate in 2017 2017 marks Hear and Say’s 25th year and it is going to be a big one, kicking off with the unveiling of two spectacular art murals in January.    As we celebrated last month, with our history quite literally printed on the walls around us, we reflected on all that Hear and Say has achieved over the last 25 years. Discuss
Share your memories and help celebrate 25 years with us Share your memories and help celebrate 25 years with us I know I am not alone in using the New Year as a time to plan for the future and to reflect on what has been achieved.   This year, I am amazed and thrilled to say, we celebrate 25 years! To think that what was started with a small group of just six children, their parents and siblings, and a methodology to teach the brain in an era of new technology, has blossomed into what we have today. Discuss
A fond farewell to 2016 A fond farewell to 2016 As the year draws to a close it is timely for us to reflect on our achievement and the exciting opportunities that 2017 present.    This year Hear and Say consolidated its work concentrating on increasing its reach and impact across Queensland. Discuss
Volunteers make our research studies possible Volunteers make our research studies possible Hear and Say benefits not just from the involvement of families and our Alumni in our research but from many volunteers assisting in a range of capacities, which makes our studies possible.  I speak for all of Hear and Say by saying we are very grateful for that support. Discuss
Not a job but a dedication Not a job but a dedication I have supported children with hearing impairment all my working life – 40+ years and still counting!    When I first started teaching, at an Education Queensland early intervention centre in Brisbane, the children all wore big body hearing aids (with cords running from a body pack to their ear moulds) and there were no cochlear implants. Discuss