Three amazing technologies changing communication

I recently read an interesting article by the Huffington Post in relation to consumer technology and the deaf community. It was a thought-provoking essay (I’ll post link below) which tapped into a notion of an ‘audist assumption’ and how we ‘hearing folk’ don’t take into consideration the deaf audience in the development of new media…

What Koko can tell us

Recently I’ve become obsessed with Koko the gorilla. I wish I could say that this was a new fad after becoming involved with All Hands on Deck but to be completely honest, I’ve always been fascinated by this amazing story. Koko, a female western lowland gorilla, was born on the 4th July 1971 in San…

A token inspirational post

  I’m having a bit of a Drisana Levitzke-Gray kind of day. I posted a video of her TedX Talk this morning and if you’ve had a chance to check it out, you’ll understand why I am so in awe. Not only is her story educating and inspiring but eloquent and extremely captivating. Her overwhelming…

Footy for Thought

With the AFL Grand Final looming next weekend and thousands of fans eager in anticipation, the normally joyous (depending on your team!) occasion has brought to light a history of engrained and systematic discrimination to the deaf community of Australia. With the rejection of the request for an AUSLAN interpreter to sign the Australian Anthem…

Top 5 reasons to learn sign language

I was recently on a plane flying from Sydney to Hong Kong, placed in the very back row, sitting right on the tail. After putting my items into the overhead locker, stashing my book into the front pocket and jostling into a (semi) comfortable position, I finally noticed the complete silence that surrounded me. As…