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Other communication devices

There are other assistive devices and technologies that will assist your child at home, school and in the community.

Alerting devices

Alerting devices include alarm clocks, door bells and smoke alarms. They are available from a number of commercial providers. Some state governments provide subsidies for families to install appropriate fire alarms in their homes. Contact the Deaf Society in your state for more information about what is available and where you can purchase them.


Captions are used to help people understand the soundtrack of a TV program, video or DVD. They re-create the entire soundtrack in text format, usually at the bottom of the screen, so that the viewer can read it.
Many children's TV programs and DVDs are captioned. Captions link text to spoken words and images, boosting literacy, vocabulary and general comprehension for all students, particularly students with a hearing loss.
We recommend you use captions whenever your baby or child watches television.
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National Relay Service
The National Relay Service is an Australian Government Initiative that provides phone solutions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, including children. Calls are made through a relay officer and can be made by internet relay, video relay, mobile phone or ordinary telephone. Calls can be made 24 hours a day and are treated confidentially.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is not intended as a substitute for independent professional advice.

28-Jan-2020 4:38 PM (AEST)