Be seen, be heard, be connected!
The Deafblind Association NZ was established as a charitable trust in 2014. Deafblind Association NZ is a not-for-profit organisation and receives no funding from central government. It is required to source funding to finance the support it provides. The mission of the Deafblind Association of New Zealand is to foster increased understanding of deafblindness and support the self-determination of the deafblind community in facing challenges and contributing through active participation.
There is much to do in raising awareness of what dual sensory loss means. We are inspired by the need for the deafblind to have an improved connection with their communities – geographical, online, individual, local, national, and international. Though communication can be a challenge, we are fostering healthy, accessible engagement between the deafblind, their whānau, service providers, funders, non-government organisations, and local and national government. Fostering relationships through active participation is front and centre to what we do.
In pursuit of this mission, the Deafblind Association of New Zealand:
- Promotes self-advocacy of deafblind, primarily in Aotearoa
- Works to increase awareness of deafblindness as a dual sensory loss
- Collaborates with other organisations to influence government policy
- Supports and connects with research on deafblindness
- Adds to the knowledge base on deafblindness, especially in the context of Aotearoa
The vision of the Deafblind Association of New Zealand is for the organisation to be respected as the primary agency for supporting (and advocating for) deafblind in this country.
- Respect for the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Respect for individuals
- Quality support
- Informed decision-making
- To facilitate effective communication for members (between each other and with other members of the communities in which deafblind operate)
- The ultimate outcome will be achieved when the need for the association no longer exists