Hear and Say was established in 1992 by Dr Dimity Dornan AO and today provides services and programs to children, young adults and families across five centres including audiology, auditory-verbal therapy, occupational therapy and school hearing screening. We also provide Telepractice services online reaching out to rural and remote areas.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and must raise more than $10,000 each year, for up to five years, to teach one child with hearing loss to listen and speak. Hear and Say is a member of First Voice, the national voice for member organisations whose primary focus is the provision of listening and spoken language therapy services in Australia and New Zealand.
Our aim is to help all children to hear, listen and speak so they can attend a regular school, have wider career choices and can more fully participate in their community. Hear and Say interfaces state-of-the-art hearing technology (digital hearing aids and implantable technology such as cochlear implants) with the Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach. We are committed to using clinical research to measure outcomes.
Our success lies in the vital role that parents/caregivers play in teaching their children to listen and speak.