Deaf Awareness Comes To Nsw Parliament

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Parent Council for Deaf Education, Deaf Australia (NSW) and the Deaf Society of NSW

MEDIA RELEASE


For Release: Tuesday 19th October


Deaf Awareness Comes to NSW Parliament

Following the National Week of Deaf People, Parent Council for Deaf Education, Deaf Australia

(NSW) and the Deaf Society of NSW are collaborating with NSW Parliament to run a week of

awareness-raising events at Parliament House. 

Events will raise awareness about issues impacting deaf people and give deaf people access to

Parliament house for tours and interpreted question time.

The week begins with a launch by Peter Primrose, Minister for Disability Services, and a panel

discussion facilitated by the charming James O’Loghlin of ABC TV’s the New Inventors. The panel will

discuss “Where To from Here? Deaf Education and the UN Convention on the Rights of People with

Disabilities”. 

“It is great to see the NSW Parliament embracing the Deaf Community,” says Kate Matairavula, of

Deaf Australia NSW. “Australia has only recently ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People

with Disabilities so events like these are a great opportunity to raise public awareness of the Deaf

Community and our language, Auslan. It shows that being Deaf is a difference to be accepted, not a

condition to be cured.” 

This is the second year the event has run, thanks to the hard work of Helen Westwood, MLC, who

herself has a deaf daughter. The week has been generously sponsored by the Australian

Communication Exchange. 

The launch and panel discussion will be held on Tuesday 19th October at 5.15pm in the Theatrette of

Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney.

Other Auslan interpreted events will run through to Thursday 21st October. 

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Issued jointly by:  

Parent Council for Deaf Education, Deaf Australia (NSW) and the Deaf

Society of NSW.

MEDIA CONTACT:  

Kate Matairavula, Deaf Australia (NSW) 


0422 920 718 (text only)      kmatairavula@deafsociety.com 


CLEARED FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

18 October 2010






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