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I'm a teacher of the Deaf. I enjoy teaching literacy and numeracy to Deaf children. In my spare time I like to write about various topics and have had articles published. I love attending writers' festivals. I believe it helps me to stretch my mind and learn new things. I also enter writing competitions when I can to motivate myself.
I am passionate about people's stories of encouragement, Deaf perspectives as well as multiculturalism. In my writing, I seek opportunities to present a myriad of topics such as travel, food, special events and personal stories of my own as well as other people.
The annual Victorian Disability Sector Awards is fast approaching. It aims to give people who demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting people with disabilities to achieve their goals, the recognition they deserve. If you know of anyone whom you think fits into one of the nine award categories, be sure to nominate the individual by the 13th of March 2013.
As I look back on the past year, I ask myself
What have I learnt as a writer? and
How have I grown as a result of my experiences? The year 2012 brought many surprising opportunities for me to develop my writing skills and to grow as a writer in unexpected ways. Many doors were opened, giving me clear direction for 2013 to pursue my Masters in Writing and Literature at Deakin University.
Looking at the title you might ask, can Deaf children participate in musical activities if they are unable to hear? Can they benefit from music education in their schools? The answer is "Yes". This story highlights how one Deaf school in Melbourne has successfully started a music program for these students and how they have progressed by leaps and bounds.
A Victorian report has found six out of ten students with a disability are bullied at school. It also found half of all students with a disability and their parents reported discrimination at school. The report is by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. It looked at how students with disabilities are coping in government, Catholic and independent schools throughout Victoria. More than 1,800 students, parents and educators were involved in the study. There are more than 100,000 students with disabilities in Victorian schools.
I went to some writing workshops for Deaf people this month. I learned a lot about writing. Together we shared our stories with each other and what it was like growing up Deaf. We then presented our stories to an audience at this year's Melbourne Writer's Festival. We were encouraged by the positive reaction from the audience. I really enjoyed the night and if I ever have the opportunity to do this again, I would.