I Sign. I Wander.

Are we being HEARD?

It’s important having your own voice, especially in today’s society.

Over the last 10+ years, I have learnt to be assertive and to stand up for my beliefs and rights. I have also learnt that it is important to be recognised as an equal citizen.

Just right before Christmas, the Australian Government announced that 13 peak disability organisations would not be refunded for 2015-2016. Hearts across the disability sector in Australia were broken. Only 6 groups will be funded. They are population groups – women, children, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) and indigenous, which means ALL disabilities will be represented across those groups. Say, an organisation representing women with disabilities will be funded.

Colin Allen, President of World Federation of the Deaf, and past President of Deaf Australia explains it all clearly in a joint press statement with Ms Maryanne Diamond AO:

(Transcript available on YouTube)

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Closed captioning in Australia

At the age of 5, my mother bought a tiny Panasonic TV (it was TINY – about 31cm, if I remember) for our caravan. We all loved it. I loved it because everything was so animated. I could already read, but I didn’t know it was possible to watch TV with captions.

Fast forward to 2 years later.

I was 7 when I first came across closed captioning. School was about to finish up for the year, and my teacher had put Home Alone in the VHS player. There was an odd device sitting on top of the VHS player. My teacher fiddled with it then pressed play.

BEHOLD!

There was CAPTIONS!

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To Melbourne, with love.

I’m writing here at one of the huts on Brighton Beach. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Today has been the epitome of a beautiful spring day. Sunshine, no clouds, blue skies and temperatures in mid twenties.

It’s been 3 months since I moved here. Time has flown by so fast, and I feel like I have been here only 4 weeks.

Before moving here, I never thought it was possible to fall completely in love with a city.

Melbourne proved me wrong.

I am SO in love with this city.

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ISIW Interview #3 – Willos Callaghan

Willos Callaghan is a Deaf man who has discovered his talent for ocean and landscape photography. I am a HUGE fan of his work, hence my choosing him to be the third lucky interviewee in ISIW’s interview series.

His tools are: GoPro Hero3+ (Black) and Canon 5D MKIII. He’s new to photography, only having started late last year but his skills and talent have developed so much in short time, and he devotes his spare time to capturing the beauty of bodyboarding, the waves and the tranquility of the beach and the ocean. His photos beautifully captures his passion for the ocean.

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I’m Deaf, not stupid.

“Being deaf doesn’t mean you’re stupid: One woman’s experience with workplace discrimination in Australia” 

My Facebook newsfeed was flooded with this article, and many Deaf people can relate to it. I can relate to it as well.

As a Deaf person, I have experienced workplace discrimination. It’s not a pretty experience, to be honest. It’s extremely frustrating.

Like Ms Carlton, I use Auslan to communicate with others, however I do not speak. I’ve never been able to speak a whole sentence. I’ve found myself more comfortable signing rather than speaking.

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