Deafness is a culture, not a liability
In a world made for non-disabled bodies, everything from learning environments to restaurants can be unwelcoming, not to mention some people's attitudes. COVID-safe practices have made some spaces more accessible, so how do we ensure ongoing change?
Writer Fiona Murphy kept her deafness a secret for over twenty-five years before discovering how sign language could change her life and that Deaf culture could be part of her identity. Her memoir, The Shape of Sound, shows that disability must be viewed beyond the medical definition and recognised as a complex social issue.
Professor Jackie Leach Scully is a bioethicist and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute at UNSW. She uses her own experience of deafness and of growing up in a family with disability to research moral attitudes towards impairment, disability, and the right to be different.
Alex Jones is an actor, theatre director, and performer. He is a passionate advocate for the change of Australian society’s attitudes and behaviours towards people with disability, and people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Don't miss this insiders' discussion about living with an invisible disability, dismantling stigma and creating social policy that honours a diverse range of bodies and hearing abilities.
Presented by Sydney Opera House