Volunteer driver support for deafblind members. Rationale: This isolated group seldom has the chance to come together for peer-to-peer support, and to meet, share, and resolve issues on their own terms.
Quality sound systems in Blind Foundation venues where members meet, and staff trained to speak clearly and directly into the microphone for effective communication. Rationale: many senior members as well as deafblind members need boosted and assistive hearing to participate.
Regular meetings between Deafblind Association NZ and Blind Foundation Deafblind Services for sharing information and coordinating initiatives, including regular face-to-face meetings of Deafblind Executive Officer and Blind Foundation National Manager responsible for Deafblind Services.
Closer collaboration with organisations and agencies that “share the care” in respect of complex deafblind needs; e.g., those providing services for Deaf and hearing impaired, and intellectually disabled – collaboration pan disability.
A formal plan to develop intervenor communication guide service for members with severe to profound deafblindness. Rationale: The communication technologies and socialisation skills required by deafblind people are specialised and not easily acquired, including hand-to-hand communication.