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Common ancestor for cells involved in hearing and touch…

Common ancestor for cells involved in hearing and touch…

The sensory cells in the inner ear and the touch receptors in the skin have a lot in common. “There are striking similarities in the development of two types of specialised sensory cells: the so-called ‘hair cells’ that receive sound vibrations in the inner ear, and the Merkel cells that sense light touch at the […]

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Marvel’s Deaf Superhero fires up sign language…

Marvel’s Deaf Superhero fires up sign language…

Google searches for Sign Language classes spiked 250% after Marvel’s first Deaf Superhero. A lot of people reportedly seem to be interested in learning sign language after Marvel’s first deaf superhero in Eternals, effectively proving that representation matters. In the film, hearing-impaired actress Lauren Ridloff plays Makkari, a deaf member of the Eternals team who […]

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Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031

Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031

Australia’s new Disability Strategy was released on 3 December, International Day of People with Disability. The Strategy calls on all Australians to ensure people with disability can participate as equal members of society. At its heart is a commitment to creating an inclusive community. The Strategy speaks to our national aspirations to enshrine and elevate […]

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Captioning rules relaxed for Pay TV in Australia…

Captioning rules relaxed for Pay TV in Australia…

‘A Captioning Scheme for Subscription Television’ is the title of a Government discussion paper that lists changes that are planned for captioning on subscription (Pay) TV. Deafness Forum of Australia examined the list of proposed changes and gave the Government a viewer’s perspective (there is a link at the bottom of this page). Deafness Forum […]

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Exposure of Indigenous People to Excessive Noise…

Exposure of Indigenous People to Excessive Noise…

Dangerous Listening Many Indigenous people are exposed to loud noise for long periods in their home environments. Crowded housing, the high proportion of Indigenous people with conductive hearing loss and easier access to noise-generating entertainment equipment appear to result in an extreme noise exposure profile in many Indigenous households. Mostly, adults have bad ears because […]

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Register to attend our online AGM on 24 Nov 2021…

Register to attend our online AGM on 24 Nov 2021…

Dear members, this is to advise you of the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the members of the Deafness Forum of Australia Wednesday 24 November 2021 3.00pm AEDT webcast using Zoom. To register to attend the meeting please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-general-meeting-tickets-130314665673 At this meeting, members will have the opportunity to: find out and ask questions about […]

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