'Representing the Deafblind Community in Victoria'

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Deafblind awareness training for Auslan students, 28 Oct 2022

Deafblind Victoria ran the second Deafblind World workshop to 15 Auslan students at Melbourne Polytechnic in Prahran on Friday 28th October 2022. There were two deafblind presenters, Alison Rawson and Heather Lawson, who provided the immersive live experience to students with earplugs, tiny-hole goggles and blindfolds. It was great to watch the students’ efforts to communicate in low vision and tactile Auslan, and for them to share their experience as a deafblind person in the activities. 

We were fortunate to get three Auslan interpreters. We were struggling to find interpreters. Thank you to lovely interpreters.

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Deafblind awareness workshop for Auslan students on Zoom

Screenshot of Auslan students with home-made blindfolds doing an activity at Deafblind World

In November, DBV gave two Deafblind World workshops to students in the Auslan course at Melbourne Polytechnic. Although we prefer to run the workshops face to face, that wasn’t possible due to lockdown. Their teacher, Fiona Goldab, organised for them to join us on Zoom instead. It is the first time we have run the workshops through video conferencing, and we think it was a great success. The students were wonderful and made their own blindfolds – many drew funny faces on them. They learned about the experience of Deafblind people, tips for guiding and communication, and tried to do some activities blindfolds on at their home. We hope some of them will become interpreters and comm guides in the future and work in the Deafblind community.