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There’s Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and there’s American Sign Language (ASL)…

Some people mistakenly assume that Australian Sign Language is ASL. Nope. Australian Sign Language is known as Auslan (a portmanteau). ASL is American Sign Language (an acronym). These two languages are completely different. I can’t stress this enough. Many countries around the world have their own sign language. In Australia, we have Auslan. Now, just …

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What Terminology to Use

Many minority groups have terms that are preferred and some to be avoided (consider Aboriginal/Indigenous communities and members of LGBTQI+ community (for example, pronoun usage). Naturally, the Deaf community – a linguistics minority group – experience the same. There are certain terms that can be used (misused?) in relation to d/Deaf community and topics. I …

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Smile and Nod

My nana is going deaf. (She’s 93 years old now but started losing her hearing about a decade ago). Being the only Deaf person in my family, it has been such an interesting experience for me to share with her. My uncles (her sons) mumble, speak softly, have beards and moustaches, cover their mouths when …

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Concentration Fatigue

I loved reading as a kid; I was a voracious reader. Looking back now, I realise it was because when I was reading, I never ‘missed’ a thing. The minute I look up from a book, I instantly miss so much. I can’t hear the speaker on the TV as the music plays in the …

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The Inbetweener

While I am redhead, white-skinned and freckly, many of my brother and sisters are of Samoan descent. My little sister Ka-Lani and I have had some interesting discussions about how it feels to be in between two cultures; her cultures being Australian (our mum) and Samoan (her father), mine being Deaf and Hearing. I didn’t …

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