Our history

Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House was formed in 1874 by William Townsend as school and accommodation for deaf and blind children. Ever since, they’ve provided support and assistance to children and young adults who are blind, deaf, have low vision, are hard of hearing or have sensory needs - and their families.

As South Australia’s only children’s specialists in both vision and hearing Can:Do 4Kids offers services to children and young adults including Speech Pathology, Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Family Support, Assistive Technology, Youth Programs, Recreation, Auditory Processing Disorder intervention, Auditory Verbal Therapy, Mentor Programs and Psychology.

Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House, is South Australia’s oldest charitable service provider, offering vital therapy and support to children and young people who are blind, vision impaired, deaf or hearing impaired.

Established in 1874 by William Townsend as a school and accommodation for deaf and blind children, Townsend House has provided family-centred support for over 140 years.

It is estimated that up to 10,000 South Australian kids face every day with a vision or hearing impairment.