About COMET

For children aged eight to 11 years, this three-day workshop encourages participants to build their self-confidence and independence, while also working on social and communication skills.

The skill-building is done though fun, challenge-based activities focusing on communication and problem-solving (for example, in the past these activities have included up-cycling furniture, ninja courses, rock climbing and escape rooms). COMET is led by our experienced staff and also helps participants to learn more about their hearing loss, technology talking about this with their peers.

Three-day workshop: *Monday, 4 April July 8.30am – 2.30pm, Tuesday, 5 and Wednesday, 6 July 9.00am – 2.00pm

Follow-up workshop: Friday, 23 September 10.00am – 2.00pm

Comet 2022 Offsite

Pricing information

The price for the COMET Group Social Skills program is determine by the number of participants taking part. Once final numbers are confirmed, Hear and Say can determine the final cost per participant. The maximum amount per participant is $2,570. This can be claimed under your NDIS Capacity Building supports.

The price includes the three-day program, the follow-up day, program resources and individualised reports. If you wish to exit the program, please provide two weeks’ notice, otherwise full charges will apply. You will receive two invoices, one at the start of the three-day program and one at the time of the reunion. If you are not eligible for NDIS or do not have enough allocated funding and wish to participate in COMET you will be able to apply for subsidised funding, a link to the application form will be sent upon registration.

To find out more about NDIS and Group Social Skills programs please click here.

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Rally your networks

You can get loud in any way you like – with your family and friends, at work, in your community group or at school. The opportunities are endless!

You can take part as an individual or make as much noise as you can as a team.

You’re making a true difference by helping children with hearing loss learn to hear and speak – giving them the same opportunities as their siblings and peers. How awesome is that.

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"To anyone that is even considering it – please just do it!! It’s something that you would never regret becoming involved in. It’s not something that you have to do on your own either. Hear and Say are there every step of the way."

- Kerryn Elliott, mum to eight-year-old Emily who was born with hearing loss

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Our history

Loud Shirt Day has a bright, 20-year history. Born in South Australia around a coffee table by the Cora Barclay Centre team (now Can:Do 4Kids), it has since grown to become an international collaboration between member organisations of First Voice, made up of other charities across three countries:

  • Hear and Say (Queensland)
  • Auditory Verbal UK (United Kingdom)
  • Can:Do 4Kids (South Australia)
  • NextSense (Victoria)
  • The Hearing House (New Zealand)
  • The Shepherd Centre (New South Wales)
  • Telethon Speech & Hearing (Western Australia)

Let's get loud!

Keep watching this space for more details about Loud Shirt Day 2022. If you’re keen to get a head start though, we’d love to hear from you – please get in touch with our fundraising team using the form to the right or by phoning 07 3850 2111. 

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The future is hear and full of possibility for the 3.6 million Australians impacted by hearing loss – which is set to double by 2060.1 Research shows that every second person knows someone affected by hearing loss, yet it can take up to 10 years for many of us to actually do something about it.2

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“It’s about connecting with everyone that you see every day. For me when I got my cochlear implant, I finally realised what I had been missing out on.”

Roisin, fitted with hearing aids at four years old, and now has a cochlear implant

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Your Impact

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Over 300 babies are born with hearing loss in Australia each year3

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By the time children reach school-age this number doubles1

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Approximately 4,000 Australian children under six years old have a significant permanent hearing loss4

If a loved one is experiencing any of the signs of hearing loss give them a little nudge to get their hearing tested.

References

1 The Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia. (2017). Retrieved from HCIA website: https://www.hcia.com.au/hcia-wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Social-and-Economic-Cost-of-Hearing-Health-in-Australia_June-2017.pdf

2  Understanding auditory deprivation: Why untreated hearing loss is bad for your brain. (2021, July 6). Healthy Hearing. https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/46306-Hearing-loss-auditory-deprivation

3 Queensland Health. (2020). Screening Protocols and Guidelines 2016 V2. https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/PDF/healthy-hearing/2017-newborn-prot-guide.pdf

4 Hearing Australia. (2021). Demographic Details of Young Australians aged less than 26 years with a hearing loss, who have been fitted with a hearing aid or cochlear implant at 31 December 2020. https://hearing.com.au/HearingAustralia/media/assets/Documents/2020-Demographics-of-Aided-Young-Australians-at-31-December-2020.pdf

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