The aim of the Cora Barclay Centre is to help children who are deaf or hearing impaired achieve life-long social and emotional well-being and economic independence. The Centre provides evidence-based, multi-disciplinary services for children who are deaf or hearing impaired, the majority of whom are fitted with hearing aids, cochlear implants or other listening devices.
In March 2017, in collaboration with our sister centre's and fellow members of First Voice we released the Report on Education, Employment & Social Outcomes of First Voice Member Centre Graduates (18-28 years).
The aim of this report was to gather information on the social, emotional, educational and employment outcomes of children graduating from First Voice members' early intervention programs.
The results show that overwhelmingly First Voice Centre early interevention graduates have developed high levels of education, social participation and employment.
The key results from the report include:
- 95% of respondants attended a mainstream high school
- 86% of respondants completed year 12
- 82% of respondants had been accepted in to a tertiary (higher education or vocational/technical) study course
- 62% of respondants have tertiary level qualifications
- 77% of respondants have at some point been in regular paid employment for a period of 6 moths or more
- 84% of respondants have been involved at some stage in community activities or organisations
These results are mirrored in the research undertaken by the Cora Barclay Centre into our graduates in 2015. You can read the Cora Barclay Centre's 2015 outcomes report below.