26 September 2018.

The weekend saw Able Australia represented at a number of events held as a part of National Week of Deaf People.

In Melbourne Deborah, who is Deafblind, attended the Deaf Market at the school grounds of Deaf Children Australia. The market was held on Sunday 23 September which is International Day of Sign Languages and was a fantastic celebration. Deborah sold many of her handmade cards, which are tactile for people who have limited vision. Deb’s butterfly fridge magnets were also very popular. Butterflies are a strong symbol in the deaf community as many butterflies are deaf.

One state over, our South Australian team had a busy but enjoyable Saturday at the DCSSA (Deaf Community and Sports South Australia) Deaf Expo. Many people from the Deaf community attended so it was a great opportunity to promote Able Australia’s Deafblind Communication Guide Project which aims to train between 40 and 50 Communication Guides over the next two years.

The National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is a weeklong national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Deaf Australian community.

It is an opportunity for Deaf people to celebrate their community, language, culture and history, make the public aware of their local, state and national Deaf communities and recognise their achievements.