Support groups

Support Groups for candidates and recipients

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Whether you are already a Cochlear recipient, or considering getting one of our hearing solutions, there is a Cochlear support network of health professionals and groups that you can speak with, wherever you are in the world. Browse the information below and click the appropriate links to find a support group near you. If you know of another support group and would like to see it listed here, please email us. 

Find support groups near you 

Adult support groups: 

National Relay Service 
A phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. 
24 hr relay call numbers: 
TTY/Voice 133 677 
Speak & Listen (SSR) - 1300 555 727 
http://www.relayservice.com.au/

CICADA (Cochlear Implant Club and Awareness Association) 
Provides support through fellowship for Australian cochlear implant recipients and their families and friends. 

CICADA Inc. 
PO Box 5028 - South Turramurra - NSW 2074 
Secretary Judy Cassell: jcassell@intercoast.com.au 
For a list of the various CICADA groups in NSW, 
visit http://www.cicada.org.au

CICADA Queensland 
Shirley Edwards 
Secretary 
85 Crotona Road - Capalaba Qld 4157 
Phone 07 3824 5003 or SMS 0499 213 561 
Email: secretary@cicadaqld.com.au

CICADA SA 
Volunteer Coordinator Jeff Wishart 
Phone: 08 8264 8468 
Email jwishart@bigpond.net.au

CICADA WA 
18 Vernallan Way, Lesmurdie WA 6076
Phone: 08 9291 7787
Fax: 08 9291 0779

CICADA Vic 
Josie Sidoti 
Phone/fax: 03 9885 2441 
Email: elcid37@optusnet.com.au

CICADA ACT 
Ursula Kajewski
Email: ursh08@tpg.com.au

Cochlear Implant Recipient Foru
Join the forum to discuss issues relating to having a cochlear implant. 
http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/cochlearimplant/ 

Parent / Child / Teenager support groups: 

Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group 
Founded by parents whose kids are implanted 

http://www.cicsgroup.org.uk/ 

Cochlear Implant Recipient Forum 
Join the forum to discuss issues relating to having a cochlear implant including discussion of the impact on children. 
http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/cochlearimplant

WHISPA 
WHISPA aims to enhance the personal development, social skills and self-esteem of (oral deaf) hearing-impaired children aged 10 to 18 through a variety of social activities and training workshops. 

WHISPA Co-ordinator 
Cora Barclay Centre 
185 Melbourne St 
North Adelaide SA 5006 
Phone: 8267 9200 
Mob: 0413 782 744 
Email mwright@corabarclay.com.au 
http://www.corabarclay.com.au

Aussie Deaf Kids 
Online support and resources for parents of hard of hearing and deaf children living in Australia. 
http://www.aussiedeafkids.org.au 

Parent Council for Deaf Education 
Supporting parents of deaf children and providing families with independent and unbiased information and support. 
D Block Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children 
361-365 North Rocks Rd, North Rocks NSW 2151 
Phone: 02 9871 3049 
TTY: 02 9871 3193 
Fax: 02 9871 3193 
Email: info@podc.org.au
http://www.podc.org.au/ 
Contact: Community Project Worker 

PHISA (Parents of the Hearing Impaired of South Australia) 
http://www.users.on.net/~phisa/

Hear For You
Hear For You provides a mentoring programme which gives guidance and support to hearing impaired teens
Email:  info@hearforyou.com.au
www.hearforyou.com.au

New Zealand

Pindrop Foundation
Pindrop support access to cochlear implant information and services.
http://www.pindrop.org.nz/

Pindrop Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pindrop.org?ref=hl

NZ Cochlear Implant Group
This Facebook group is for New Zealand's cochlear implant community to gather and share information and to support each another.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/nzcig/