17 June 2019.

Deafblind Awareness Week will be celebrated internationally this year from 24 June – 30 June.

Deafblind Awareness Week coincides with the birth date of one of the world’s most famous deafblind people – Helen Keller.

Deafblindness is a unique condition in which a person has either partial or complete loss of both their vison and hearing.

While there are barriers faced by many deafblind people, often they are a result of outside circumstances and lack of accessibility. With the right accessibility considerations, people with deafblindness are just as capable as their peers.

This Deafblind Awareness Week, we are celebrating the achievements of deafblind people around the world and continuing to encourage increased accessibility for all.

Modern assistive technology such as smartphone compatible braille translators and magnification devices means it is easier than ever to present new opportunities to deafblind Australians.

Able Australia’s e-learning hub, Ablelink, provides training for deafblind people to use these devices. To donate to Ablelink, please click here.