Deafness and social inclusion

14311_auslan_0For those of us with the ability to hear, living in a world of silence seems alien and disabling.  The wider community does not cater well to the needs of the deaf, and children and adults with hearing impairments are disadvantaged by the ignorance of their needs and lives on many levels.

Kim talks to deaf advocate Neil Wood, a senior lecturer in Australian Sign Language (Auslan) at Qld TAFE and UQ psychology researcher Danielle Ferndale about the difficulties deaf people face in our community and what needs to change to increase inclusion of the deaf in the wider community.  Neil’s responses are voiced by his interpreter, Katherine Washington.

Listeners note:  the clapping sounds you hear in this recording are the sound of people’s hands signing in Auslan.

Thanks to Neil and Danielle for making the effort and bearing the cost of the interpreter to allow 4ZZZ to interview you.

If you would like to learn Auslan, you can find out more at Deaf Services Queensland or TAFE Brisbane

You can download the interview here:


Author: kim4zzz

Social Worker, Radio Producer and Researcher. Sometimes all three at once.

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