History

ACT Deaf Sports & Recreation Association Inc. – ACTDSRA
(1990 – 1998)

Start at 1987: 

Wendy Home and John Lovett came to Canberra for Australian Deaf Sports Federation (ADSF) business purpose but consulted members under Canberra Deaf Club (CDC), a social club. CDC sent approx. 15 members to participate Australian Deaf Games in Brisbane.

1988:

John Lovett asked CDC if we could run Australian Deaf Games in Canberra.

1988 to 1991: 

CDC set up a working party to research and set up Association for ACT

1990:

ACT Deaf Sports Recreation Association was born

1991:

Attended Australian Deaf Games in Tasmania

1993-94: 

Attended ADG in Adelaide. Won the bid to host the Australian Deaf Games in Canberra.

1996/97: 

Hosted ADG in Canberra, the best Australian Deaf Games ever!

1998: 

ACTSRA closed and died. Money were kept in the Government Trust.

DeafACT History
(Deaf Advocacy, Sports & Recreation ACT Inc.)

2009

  • Issues with 24 Hours Emergency Interpreter Service being “cut off” – Deaf Community raised an Human Rights Commission complaint.

Late 2009

  • CDC committee asked Greg Ophel (the former ACTDSRA) for advice on how to set up organisation (i.e. getting grant and organise Sports Carnival in ACT)

2010

  • Consult the ACT Deaf community of the 24h EIS situation and support the idea of setting up a new organisation, “ACT Deaf Board” by lobby members
  • Deaf Australia (DA) and Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) invited by the lobby members to come over and setting up a working party as to work out how to set up a new organisation and Constitution & Rules (C & Rs).
  • The working party (8 of volunteers) to consult ACT Deaf community news updates with CDC’s help (use of their social nights and rooms)
  • ACT Deaf community selected the name of the organisation “DeafACT” as Deaf Advocacy, Sports & Recreation ACT which established on 1st July 2010.
  • Cost money to set up C & Rs and fees by selling Chocolate as a fundraising
  • Getting money returned from the Trust (2010 to 2013)