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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Deafblind World workshop for Auslan students at Melbourne Polytechnic will take place on Monday 21 June.
- 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.
- Deafblind awareness T-shirt fundraiser – click here for a video in Auslan with a voiceover and transcript