Stories

Our Staff and Community

BETTY'S BIG TRIP

Betty Foster is a Deaf and low vision Ageing Well client in Brisbane who receives one-on-one home care support.

One of Betty’s dreams was to visit her home town of Adelaide. Our team worked with Betty to facilitate a weeklong trip, with an Ageing Well support worker accompanying and supporting her independence every step of the way.

“I visited with friends every day as well as touring around Adelaide. I laughed every day. Many thanks for assisting me.” – BETTY

AYA AND SULIMAN

Sara had only recently arrived in Australia from Sudan when her son Suliman received a late diagnosis of hearing loss. Two years later, her daughter Aya received the same diagnosis.

Her family began receiving support from Deaf Service’s early intervention program Hear for Kids, and Sara says she felt immediately at home.

“The support I received through Hear for Kids was not only for my children, but the whole family. I had so many questions about my kids and their future. Hear for Kids guided me through all of it.” – SARA

MANJU'S STORY

For Manju, an Auslan Teacher with Deaf Services, her greatest reward in teaching is “building cultural bridges.”

Since joining the Education Team in 2017, Manju has taught many students the basics of Auslan and says the satisfaction of sharing the primary language of the Deaf community, and the pride she takes in her work as part of a team, has never waned.

“I love teaching my students Auslan, because it allows them to communicate with Deaf people in the community and in the workplace. I am so proud to be working for Deaf Services.”

KATE'S INDEPENDENCE

Kate has worked with the Lifestyle Support Services (LSS) team since 2015 to achieve her personal goals and facilitate her wide range of interests.

Kate is deafblind and eplileptic. Having lost her hearing and sight to serious allergic reactions, Auslan is her primary language. Recently Kate took a major step towards independence, living five days a week at E-House, Deaf Services’ supported living facility.

“I love living here. I love having my own room and my garden.”

AMY'S EXPERIENCE

Certified Auslan Interpreter Amy is a trainer and mentor for many interpreters coming through the ranks at Auslan Connections.

While 2020 has been a shock to many, for Amy it echoes her first experiences interpreting emergency broadcasts during the 2011 Brisbane floods.

“While it’s an uncertain time, every interpreter knows how important their work is to get these messages through to the Deaf community, especially when there are lives at risk.”

BOB'S BIG WIN

It’s always a thrill to pass on the news to winners of our Deaf Lottery, and this was certainly the case when we called Bob, to tell him he’d just become $870,000 richer!

Bob works in the medical supply industry, travelling all over the state to deliver and maintain wheelchairs, assistive devices and medical equipment.

“I bought tickets because I thought it was time to give back. I never thought about winning a prize!”

SAFIA'S STORY

Safia works with the Lifestyle Support Services team to achieve her personal goals, as well as important day-to-day activities like exercise and shopping. Safia’s next goal is to practice her English to go to university.