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Deafblind Awareness Week 2021 report

What a great week! There were six different activities for DBAW 2021. On June 23, we celebrated with an event at Ross House. It was attended by 15 Deafblind people and a number of supporters, including representatives from the Tree Project and Melbourne City Library. DBV members spent the morning decorating trees and poles in Flinders Lane with colourful yarn bombing creations alongside a window display outside Ross House. The yarn bombing was made mostly by DBV members, who set up a craft group with a grant from the Tye Recreation Fund. Crocheted and knitted squares were also donated, including a number from the Country Women’s association Boroondara. Thank you!

We held an exhibition in the pedestrian underpass, Campbell Arcade, that connects Flinders Street station to Flinders Lane. The exhibition, titled “Deafblind Awareness: a tactile imagination“, features photographic portraits by Jessica Leane and showcases achievements of Deafblind people, including arts and crafts, tactile Auslan and interpreting tables, braille and parenting. The exhibition was up for the whole month of July.

DBV also gave a workshop to Auslan students from Melbourne Polytechnic, with DBV members Heather Lawson, Alison Rawson and Alex Sar presenting. We raised funds by selling Deafblind awareness t-shirts that will be worn and seen in the community, and we had a special week of video posts from DBV members on our Facebook page all week, showing the diversity of our community.

A big thank you to all the wonderful DBV members and volunteers who made it happen.

What’s on in Deafblind Awareness Week 2021

Deafblind Awareness Week is held each year around Helen Keller’s birthday (June 27). This year the dates are June 21 to June 27. DBV has planned a number of activities to celebrate.

DBV craft group members showing their crocheted squares
  1. Yarn bombing. DBV members have been meeting every fortnight to crochet, knit and make pom poms for a tactile art project that symbolises the coming together of the Deafblind community. From 23 June in Flinders Lane, outside from the DBV office, two trees and other objects will be wrapped with the colorful creations made by the group. This is part of an international event to raise Deafblind Awareness.

  2. An exhibition of photo portraits of Deafblind Victorians from June 27 to Aug 3, at the Capsule art space in Cambell Arcade, the pedestrian underpass that connects Flinders Street station and Degraves st. The photographer is Jessica Leane, and subjects include Gina Pontelandolfo, Joe Monteleone, Paola Avila, Heather Lawson and Trudy Ryall. The photos show something that each individual has achieved.

  3. A celebration for DBV members on Wed 23 June at Ross House. RSVP is essential due to Covid restrictions – limits apply. Members will enjoy pizza, cake, a tour of the yarn bombing installation and a preview of the photo exhibition.

  4. A Deafblind World workshop for Auslan students at Melbourne Polytechnic will take place on Monday 21 June.

  5. Videos from members posted on the DBV Facebook page throughout the week to promote visibility and show the diversity of the wonderful Deafblind people in our community.

  6. Deafblind awareness T-shirt fundraiser – click here for a video in Auslan with a voiceover and transcript