Most of Benjamin’s books and films have explored the topics of conflict and restorative justice. He has spent time in several war zones and is able to deliver a compelling 30 minute presentation on peace and conflict with real life experience, anecdotes, slides and reflections on modern war propaganda. Suitable for Year 9 students and above where this topic is part of the curriculum.
Have you ever felt awkward in the presence of a Deaf person or someone with a disability? Not sure what to say? Want to show respect and offer help but at the same time not make a big deal about it or cause offence? This presentation will clarify everything. Despite the fact that 1 in 6 Australians experience some form of hearing loss, most people don’t know how to respond appropriately to deafness. Asphyxia, a Deaf activist, writer and artist, will tell engaging and entertaining stories from her own life, providing insights into Deaf experience.
This presentation is for school classes, and professional development for teachers. Help create an inclusive and respectful culture.
Avoid common mistakes made by hearing people
Identity respectful behaviour versus patronising behaviour
Be the centre of a ripple change through small respectful acts
Change a group culture from exclusive to inclusive
Ask the right (easy!) questions to help raise awareness and reduce oppression
In this autobiographical talk, Asphyxia leafs through some of her own journals, describing her process to express her daily experiences on the page. She explains to participants the steps involved in creating their own unique book from found papers and recycled materials.
Since she was a young girl, Asphyxia has kept a journal – she is passionate about journaling and sees her journal as a daily friend and companion. Asphyxia’s journals are both stunning and inspiring, filled with paint, collage, photos, writing and beautiful papers.
As a Deaf artist, Asphyxia inspires audiences to follow their dreams, whatever their abilities. Through her talk, she provides an insight into the expressiveness of sign language and encourages audiences to create, to make, to write and to express themselves visually.
Asphyxia is a vibrant speaker who will have audiences captivated throughout her presentation. Audience members are given an opportunity to have their questions answered.