Aims and objectives

  • Parent mentorship and emotional support  Especially pertinent at the beginning of the journey as a family with a deaf/hard of hearing child.
  • Making unbiased information accessible and available We strive to find the best unbiased information from both national and international sources and make this accessible through Social Media as well as an informative and up to date website.
  • Resource development Learning to communicate with your deaf/hard of hearing child at first seems an overwhelming task. Resources to facilitate the learning process especially with families who live in isolated areas are limited. THRIVE desires to be involved with the production of such resources e.g. South African Sign Language DVDs, as well as make available language development and early intervention tools.
  • Community Outreach A large number of families in South Africa who have deaf/hard of hearing children live in remote areas. As a result a number of these families have no choice but to send their children to boarding school where they see them infrequently and never learn to effectively communicate with them. THRIVE hopes to conduct outreach projects to support such families through partnering with early intervention services to create FCEI (Family Centered Early Intervention) Satellite units.
  • Awareness and Advocacy – Through creating awareness, equipping parents with information about their child’s rights to information access and education, we aim to offer deaf/hard of hearing children opportunities equal to that of their hearing peers. We also aim to advocate that informed choice be practiced by all professionals involved in hearing loss nationally.
  • Early Intervention referral Early intervention is key to success. Partnering with Hi Hopes allows THRIVE to be stakeholders in EI referral.
  • Professional partnerships THRIVE desires to bring awareness of the everyday reality of raising deaf/hard of hearing children to our professional associates. One of our priorities is to advocate for informed choice and establish important professional links.
  • Deaf Plus In South Africa an estimated 30% of deaf/hard of hearing children have additional needs. THRIVE desires to provide support in these areas where possible and co-refer to appropriate extended support services.
  • Research  THRIVE aims to be involved in much needed research that will hope to improve services to and insights of South African families with deaf/hard of hearing children. In doing this we aim to influence local and national policy development and the implementation of international best practices.
  • Exposure and Self-Improvement  THRIVE desires to inform parents of local and international conferences. In time we aim to fund parent leaders to attend these where new information and insights can be brought home and shared with the greater parent body.
  • Innovative Projects THRIVE desires to identify programs that can be of benefit to deaf/hard of hearing children in the areas of communication and safety.