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#TEAMHFY NSW ready to smash QLD’s fundraised total at the upcoming Sunday’s City2Surf (14th August)

In the fine State of Origin tradition, the NSW mentors and mentees, along with supporters are preparing for their 3rd annual City2Surf experience on Sunday 14th August.  All of them are raising funds for Hear For You so provide support for the upcoming programs later in the year so that other deaf and hard of hearing teenagers can experience the same life transforming experiences they received….or simply they loved it so much because they had so much fun!

You can help one of them reach their target – go to SUPPORT NSW (click) for more details



Hear For You would like to inform that due to issues beyond our control that the HFY WA Series 2 Sessions will be moved from this Sunday to start the Series 2 from Sunday 27th August 2016. WA Programs Coordinator Georgie is proud to announce that she has an awesome and action packed bunch of sessions ready to rock n roll at to be confirmed Venues around Perth and Fremantle… a special secret excursion (picked by the mentees and mentors)

To check out more details for all deaf and hard of hearing high school Freo/Perth students…CLICK



The video was made during the First session of Hear For You Victoria during Session 1.    Its a snap shot of what may happen if your batteries go flat….then when you think you have replacements handy….for some reason they are not in the usual place where you store them or it’s empty…..being machines which rely on power, when it goes flat, you loose the power until a time when you can find batteries to switch them on again.

If you are a deaf teenager and you reckon you have a story to write then tell via video, and live in Melbourne….go to  VICTORIAN TWIST





One has always said, if you want a benchmark set for fundraising targets – you only need to ask the Queenslanders!   In a great team effort, #TEAMHFY QLD worked hard, with additional support aids such as purple Tutus and even two massive Onesies to ensure they do not get kicked off the City2South pace car to raise $2,630 for Hear For You.


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dotNSW/ACT Mentoring weekend was a breeze

June long weekend 2016 saw 7 mentees take the opportunity to tune in to the experiences of 5 amazing mentors throughout a range of issues and challenges they faces when they were teenagers and in life today.   Outside the mentoring there was the trip to iPlay and even a look around the Questacon to check out the latest in science n technology in the world.   Parents were given the chance to network and even learn new technology, then before the conclusion were treated to special public speaking performances by the mentees.

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Thank you to the Snow Foundation for making this weekend possible

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dotExplanation of the HFY pricing structure and NDIS

2016 Pricing structure & NDIS info

After several months of working behind the scenes, from the massive pile of feedback from mentees, parents, and mentors, to reviewing the program to make the workshop experience even greater, as well as the all important new pricing structure that incorporates our brand new Community Fundraising program, find out more information by clicking on the image above or the link below….

An explanation of the pricing for 2016 and NDIS can be accessed (CLICK)

OR If you simply want to enrol….click your communication preference: ORAL  or AUSLAN

For more information or enquiries on all Hear For You programs, please email 


dotVictoria Hear For You Session 2016 for deaf or hard of hearing kids who use voice…….. is now open!  Check it out by clicking on this link –  Melbourne 2016

for deaf or hard of hearing kids who use voice is now open!  Check it out by clicking on this link –  Melbourne 2016

The Victorian mentors are ready to rock and roll for the first Session on Sunday 12th June……hurry enrol now to be part of what is looking to be an awesome series of Sessions!


dotWant to help Hear For You?….. we have a innovative way that you can help raise funds with little or no cost to you or your family.

Click here for more info     Help us thru super button



New Terminology???  Thanks for your feedback!…and …what the hell is “SESH”

Hear For You conducted surveys last year on the terminology that is used….the feedback was to remove the terms “workshops” and “programs”….as they sounded too much like authority and school, which is not what Hear For You is all about.

So the new terminology is “Sessions” or “Sesh” which will replace the two older terms as to recognise that Hear For You is about the young person (teenagers) space for the mentoring with our amazing mentors as well as peer to peer with new friends who are just like them.



Victorians were treated to an amazing evening at the HearingCRC on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD at the first Hear For You Public Speaking workshop.   The event saw two mentees take the podium, Caitlin and Ethan, along with first year mentor James.  All shared an insight into their world of technology today and their vision of tomorrow.    It capped off an amazing round of public speaking events around Australia that saw 13 deaf or hard of hearing teenagers showed confidence beyond their years to speak to a live audience with full communications access (Interpreters, Captions, Augementation Loop or FM system) and to over 200 combined audiences.

Thank you to the Conexu Foundation for their support of the workshops, as well as respective state donors and supporters.

2016, we are looking for a sponsor or an organisation for the role of Public Speaking Naming Rights for all four public speaking events throughout the year.   If interested, please contact the CEO David Brady on to discuss further.


dotTEAM #HFYVIC well done – great run – and its awesome to raise $1,800!

The Victorians have pulled in $1,800 and learned new lessons for the next year where they plan to do better than the NSW and QLD teams in this increasingly annual challenge between each state programs to see who can do better.

The Western Australians have just announced they will join the fray and show how it is done over on the Indian Ocean side of Australia.


dot WA and QLD Public Speaking workshops smash expectations

Hot on the heals of the NSW Public Speaking workshop, the second QLD and the first WA Public Speaking workshops exceeded expectations.  All of the mentee speakers were outstanding and performed beyond their years, so much that emotions ran high during both workshops as the deaf teenagers shared insights into the lives and the impact of technology.

The audience was treated to future imagination of a 4D hologram of an interpreter on demand, to automatic connectivity in their hearing devices everywhere they go (switch on by choice of course).  There was revelations to the audience about the FM and how it helped in the class room environment, plus some cheeky stories was shared about FM disasters at their schools.   QLD audience was treated to a violin performance by a mentee who shared her passion for music.    Soon it is Melbourne’s turn….


dot NSW Public Speaking Workshop off to a flyer!
On Thursday 5th November, Professor David Greely of the Hearing Hub opened the NSW Public Speaking workshop with a stirring motivational speech outlining the important skill of public speaking and the great opportunity to be grapsed by the Hear For You mentees – Metessa, Alex, and Grace.    Then the audience, including the founder Olivia Andersen and Director Kate Obermayer, was treated to three insightful speeches about Technology – today and tomorrow from the three mentees. The most common thread was the need for better water proof hearing aids so they can use for sailing and surfing lessons.

The evening was rounded off with the awarding of the inaugural NSW Hear For You Community Champion Award which was presented to Grace Troughton by the Hear For You Founder and Director  Olivia Andersen.


The speakers with Olivia Andersen and Professor Greely

NSW Community Champion Grace takes the stand

NSW Community Champion Grace takes the stand












dot  NSW Oral program Series 2 for Yr 6 to Yr 10 age group – Its all happening – full report after the final workshop in a few weeks time!

If you are in year 11-12 this year……we know you have exams and much happening…..that’s why in January 2016 we have a national first just for you….watch this space!

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The NSW programs are supported by the NSW Government

CALLING FOR ENROLMENTS TO OUR FIRST Year 11, 12 and pre-tertiary workshop coming soon in January 2016 – email for more details

dot  NSW Auslan Program cancelled for 2015

Hear For You regrets to announce that the NSW Auslan Program have been cancelled  due to lack of enrolments for this year.  However we understand the reasons are associated with the timing of the workshops and in response Hear For You will try again for the Auslan prorgam in 2016 from March to May.

We like to thank the Deaf Society for working with to bring the Auslan program to NSW and will continue to do so in 2016DeafSociety_logo_round_tagline


dot  Hear For You WA has been completed for the year – a full report will appear after the first WA Public Speaking Event in November

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Extract….from the blog

My husband and myself are very proud of our daughter Metessa.

Since birth, she has mild to moderate hearing loss in both ears but was not diagnosed until she was five.

Due to this impairment, she has always struggled in all aspects of her life.

As a family we have had to learn, and are still learning, how to support her and as we do not have hearing loss we do not always understand how everyday life affects her.

Although she is generally a happy person she also has little self-confidence………

CLICK  picture to read more in our blog Hey! testimonaials have a look