Rachel Miers

9. Rachel Miers, Executive Manager, John Pierce Centre, Melbourne    (Katrina Mynard may present this on Rachel’s behalf. This elective will have an AUSLAN interpreter)

I Connect With You

The title “I connect with you” comes from the IConnect project John Pierce Centre (JPC) is currently working on. With the support from the Board of Directors of JPC, and the seed funding made possible from John Wallis Foundation, JPC piloted a limited trial project using iPad and or other tablet devices, as a method of increasing communication for isolated members of the Deaf community.   JPC is a non-profit community organisation with links to the Catholic Church. JPC provides advocacy and pastoral care support to the deaf and families throughout Victoria, responding directly to the wellbeing needs and spiritual life of Deaf Adults and children who live in both metro and rural or isolated areas. JPC strives to empower Deaf people to live full and successful lives. The purpose of the IConnect pilot project was to examine the feasibility of introducing this type of technology to the Pastoral Care program.  Several isolated members of the community who had no experience using new technology, experience ill health, disadvantaged by location or other disabilities have been selected in the trial over a three month period.