Brunswick Heads, NSW. July 24, 2020. Aussie Deaf Kids today announced the launch of their first e-learning course for parents and caregivers, “Making Informed Decisions”. The course was developed with the assistance of an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grant from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Ms Ann Porter AM, CEO of Aussie Deaf Kids, said, “The NDIS grant gave us a wonderful opportunity to develop a course that is really at the heart of what we do - helping parents to make informed decisions”.
The course was developed for parents and caregivers of children with disability to provide decision-making knowledge and tools. “We know that no two decisions are the same. But there are principles of decision‑making that parents can know about when they make important decisions in their child’s life”, said Dr Jill Duncan, Chair of Aussie Deaf Kids. “The purpose of this e‑learning course is to provide parents, caregivers and practitioners with the tools to assist in the decision‑making process.”
Ms Flora Chan, the e Learning Project Manager and parent of a child with a bilateral hearing loss, said, “we started the development of this course from a place of understanding that every family is different. The choices that families make should reflect that family's goals, beliefs and values. Making informed decisions is a process that helps caregivers decide on the type of care that best suits both the child and family. I hope learning about making informed decisions will be as a valuable to others as it was for me personally.”
The course consists of four modules - goal setting, decision-making and bias, information gathering and informed choice. There are animated videos, case studies and other resources to explore in each module. It takes 60-90 minutes to complete and is free. The course is available at www.aussiedeafkids.org.au/courses
About Aussie Deaf Kids
Aussie Deaf Kids is a not-for-profit organisation providing online information and support to parents and caregivers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing in Australia.