Vicdeaf acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.
Baby Cry Alarms
*This scheme is on hold until further notice*
If you wish to purchase the Baby Cry Alarm at full price, please go to hearservice here.
Vicdeaf has secured a small amount of funding from the Department of Human Services (Victoria) to purchase 20 specialised baby cry alarm kits.
We have purchased two different kits:
Kit 1: Baby Monitor, Pager Receiver and Pager Charger, Bed Shaker (12 of these are available)
Kit 2: Baby Monitor and Flashing Strobe Light, Bed Shaker (8 of these are available)
HOW WILL IT WORK?
When you are ready to prepare for the arrival of your new baby, you can contact Vicdeaf to arrange to borrow a kit. You will need to write a short application form and supply us with some information.
You can borrow the kit for one year and then ask for an extension of another year on top of that (total of two years).
You will need to let us know at least two (2) weeks before your original return date (in your confirmation letter) that you would like a one (1) year extension. This can be in person or in writing.
Vicdeaf felt that a borrowing scheme would be far more useful, practical and sustainable for people who want to do it this way.
Vicdeaf have also been told that by 2019, the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be fully rolled out. At that point, deaf and hard of hearing parents will be able to use some funding to purchase this type of equipment for their own use.
NATIONAL DISABILITY INSURANCE SCHEME – 2019 ONWARDS
Vicdeaf will use the statistics gathered from this borrowing scheme as a platform to lobby the National Disability Insurance Agency. Vicdeaf wants to make sure that the National Disability Insurance Agency appropriately funds parents who are deaf or hard of hearing to purchase a baby cry alarm package that best supports their needs. Residents in the Barwon region will not be eligible for this scheme, and are encouraged to apply with their local National Disability Insurance Scheme planner.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE BABY CRY ALARM LOAN SCHEME?
The initial fee for borrowing an alarm kit is $150. This includes a returnable deposit of $50 you get when you return your kit in good working order.
The same $150 was decided on because it will bring the total cost of a specialised kit down to $100. This is equal to the cost of regular baby monitors available. The $100 fee will be used to replace damaged alarms.
- No concessions for this scheme are available.
- Parents who live in the Barwon region who are currently involved in the National Disability Insurance Scheme will not be eligible for this scheme.
You will be given a receipt when you pay the borrowing fee ($100) and security deposit ($50) and the return date. The total cost is $150.
The borrowing fee and security deposit can be paid by cheque, money order, credit card or cash.
GIVING BACK THE BABY CRY ALARM KIT
If you return the alarm on time and in good working order (with the original boxes, packaging and instructions) Vicdeaf will return your $50 deposit. You can return the alarm kit in person, by mail or courier. If you don’t return the alarm by the return date on your confirmation letter, your late fees will be deducted from your security deposit.
After borrowing for one year, you can request for a 12 month extension (maximum borrowing loan: 2 years). You must notify Vicdeaf at least two weeks before the return date. If you request within the two weeks of the return date, Vicdeaf may not be able to offer the extension to you as it may already have been confirmed to give the alarm kit to another family.