Update for the Deaf Community – 20th March 2020

As the incidence of Covid-19 grows worldwide, including within New Zealand, we want to assure you all that at Deaf Aotearoa we are taking all precautions to ensure that our staff and service users remain healthy.

Our staff are often working with service users and other organisations in a variety of places, for example in homes, workplaces, community events.

It is important that we take extra precautions to avoid contamination or transmission of any infections and minimise social interactions during this time.

We will be stopping all home visits by Facilitators and ACE courses from now until the end of April – we will then review the situation.

We continue to be contacted via online through duty@deaf.org.nz,
We continue to have the ability to work with you in online sessions, and have already begun delivering First Signs ‘home visits’ via video – if you would prefer to engage with our Facilitators online during this time, please contact us on duty@deaf.org.nz and we can arrange this with you.

We are reviewing the situation daily and will keep you updated as the situation changes.

Our offices are still open however we ask that you follow the Ministry of Health guidelines and do not visit the office if you are or have been unwell. We have hand sanitizer in all of our offices, please make sure you use this when you arrive. If you are using our community computer in the offices, please wipe down the surfaces before you start and when you are finished on the computer.

We are working closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information and we are adjusting our workforce and resources accordingly.  We are also working closely with the Ministry of Health to ensure information on Covid-19 is made available in NZSL, including providing interpreters for live updates and translating information into NZSL which we are continually reviewing and adding more to.
Please make sure that you are accessing the information that has been translated into NZSL.

It is important that we look after each other at this, please check on your friends and family and ensure that Deaf people are aware of the information that is being shared as it is changing rapidly.

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