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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. 

Topics covered

  • 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


StoryBoard is a FREE presentation/workshop experience for all Northern Rivers schools (maximum three hours). We ask the schools to provide morning tea for the author and volunteer tutor.

Time & Date

StoryBoard workshops are scheduled to fit within your school’s timetable.

Our visits are generally scheduled between 9am – 12.30pm, with lunch between 11 – 11.30am.

Our schedule though is flexible, and we will work with you to find the best fit.

Our online booking enquiry form asks you for your bell times so we can create a suggested schedule for you.

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