Disability Services Minister Kevin Minson today presented a $50,000 Lotteries Commission cheque to the Speech and Hearing Centre for Deaf Children in Wembley.
"I am particularly pleased to be able to make this presentation in association with Deafness Awareness Week when we are reminded of the needs of all those with hearing loss," Mr Minson said.
"Western Australia's Speech and Hearing Centre has a reputation for providing services vital to children in our community learning to deal with hearing loss and the Lotteries Commission grant will go towards two important centre initiatives."
The funding will assist in:
providing a computer system essential to achieving and maintaining comprehensive, up-to-date and reliable information; and -
providing a major contribution to the playground project which aims to upgrade and equip the outdoor play areas of both the child care centre and the playground program.
Mr Minson said the funds provided by the Lotteries Commission helped not only the centre but the dedicated fund-raising efforts of parents and friends associated with the organisation.
"The centre's work begins with very young children and play is recognised as essential to children's development," he said.
"Perth's climate allows outdoor play to be a major part of programs for children with hearing loss if the appropriate equipment is available.
"The playground project is a community endeavour which includes families helping to choose the activities and equipment, focuses on using materials which encourage children to experiment with sound and encourages contribution by the business community."
Mr Minson said community contribution in areas such as the Speech and Hearing Centre for Deaf Children programs was encouraged by the WA Government.
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