The Shepherd Centre recently launched its Storyboard series at the Tasmanian Parliament, showcasing the journeys of seven children who are deaf or have a hearing loss. Attendees, including the children and their families, gathered from across Tasmania for the event.
Hosted by Hon Jo Palmer MLC, Minister for Disability Services, the launch was also attended by Premier Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, Deputy Premier Hon Michael Ferguson MP, Minister for Health Hon Guy Barnett MP, Minister for Education Hon Roger Jaensch MP, and Leader of the Opposition Hon Rebecca White MP. Members of both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council were also in attendance.
Beyond the engaging narratives shared throughout the Storyboard series, the event emphasised the crucial role of Early Intervention provided by The Shepherd Centre, empowering generations of children with hearing loss to listen speak and have a voice.
The success of the event was not only a testament to The Shepherd Centre’s impactful work but also a result of the generous support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, the B4 Early Years Coalition, the My State Community Foundation, and partners Hearing Australia, the Tasmanian Health Service, and the Department for Education, Children and Young People.
The strong turnout at the event, alongside the efforts to raise awareness for children with a hearing loss and advocate for the crucial importance of Early Intervention, highlights the collective commitment of the Tasmanian community to making a meaningful difference in the lives of these children and their families.