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Friendship dissolves barriers: Charline and Hannah in Toowoomba

Charline and her family came to Australia as refugees from Chad in Central Africa when she was seven-years-old. Charline spoke only French and struggled to make friends in school. Then she met Hannah. Hannah is profoundly deaf and communicates in Auslan. The story of...

Indigenous people with hearing loss in custody

By Damien Howard and Jody Barney writing for The Mandarin. There is a glaring omission in the discussion of Indigenous deaths in custody. It is the influence of widespread hearing loss contributing to the over representation of Indigenous people in the criminal...

UsherKids Australia becomes our newest member

We are so pleased to announce that UsherKids Australia has chosen to become the newest member of Deafness Forum of Australia. UsherKids Australia is about enhancing the lives of children with Usher Syndrome in Australia through information, collaboration and...

Deafness isn’t a threat to health: ableism is

Instead of assuming deafness is the problem, it’s time to look at the systemic issues that impact our well-being and quality of life. Issues like higher healthcare costs and our number of ER visits, when taken out of context, place the blame where it simply doesn’t...

What’s it like losing hearing in your 20s

When I was 23, I stopped hearing my manager’s voice from behind his Mac monitor. A new employee at a fancy consulting firm in Manhattan, I quickly stood whenever I sensed a vague sound traveling from my boss’ corner, preparing to lip read over his Thunderbolt screen....

The Ruin of Captel

Read the article, The Ruin of Captel in the 3 March 2020 edition of the One in Six newsletter (page 11).