Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults will now have easy access to potentially lifesaving information following the launch of specially formatted fire safety and first aid information DVDs.
Launching the DVDs at the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre today, Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the development of these resources showed a growing awareness of the need to make information available in formats that were accessible to everyone.
"It is important all organisations take steps to remove barriers that prevent people with disability from having access to information and, in this case, potentially lifesaving information," Mrs Morton said.
"With one in six Australians experiencing hearing loss, it is clear there is significant need for safety information that meets the needs of people with this disability."
Both DVDs provide vital information about how people can contact emergency services through the National Relay Service and have subtitles to ensure the information is accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults.
The fire safety DVD includes information about smoke alarms that have a strobe light and/or vibrating pads to help people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
The first aid DVD provides communication advice to help when providing or receiving first aid from a person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing.
The DVDs will be available in local libraries soon, are free to download from the Telethon Speech and Hearing website and will be available from deaf and hard-of-hearing support agencies.
The DVDs were produced by the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre in collaboration with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and St John Ambulance WA, and supported by a Disability Services Commission grant.
One in six Australians have some hearing loss
About 1,500 fires occur in Western Australian homes each year
Minister's office - 6552 6900