Sydney Deaf Muslim The Sydney Deaf Muslims BBQ was held on Sunday 1st April at a Riverwood park.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, their family, friends and community, adults and children, Muslims and non-Muslims- all had a great time !
We would like to thank EVERYONE who helped out and donated their time, money, food and many other things for this BBQ.
Special thank you to:
Narwee Quality Meats StartUp Ummah FatoOms kitchen & cafe Creative Catering Co by Rowah Sugar Sweet Randomz Boards & Co 321 Party Hire & Events Rashays Punchbowl CC Community Kitchen (www.facebook.com/groups/920139894739464/)
All Praise Belong to God for making this a successful event with increasing communtiy awareness and support. ... See MoreSee Less
My mum is overseas at the moment and she knows a family with a son who is hearing impaired.
The family are refugees or really poor and cannot afford to buy hearing aids for their little son.
So my mum asked me if I have any old hearing aids to give to the little boy.
I have one hearing aid which I don’t use any more since getting the cochlear implant.
But it was missing an ear mould.
So I asked some of my deaf and hard of hearing friends if they have any old hearing aids or ear moulds they would like to donate.
A few days later, 1 of my friends gave me a bag.
Inside was little boxes with about 9 hearing aids in total!! (See photo).
I was so amazed and told him I can’t believe you’ve kept them all- possibly all the hearing aids he’s had since he was a child.
He replied “Hey no problems wallah, I knew there was gonna come a day I could donate them and inshallah help someone”.
Thank you so much Adam Touba for your generosity.
Also I’m so thankful for living in a country like Australia where we have access to free health care and a government that pays for our hearing aids, and ear moulds and other services for free (until we turn 26).
Also, a few people told me that ear moulds cannot be donated because they are designed specifically for a person’s ear and each year your ear grows a little so, you need new ear moulds to perfectly fit into your ear so the sounds don’t leak.
I know that and looking back to all my appointments where I had a shaping gel squeezed into my ear to get the shape and size for new ear moulds, something that used to annoy me a little as a kid; I now realise that people like this little boy who are refugees or poor, don’t have access to any of these hearing services.
So giving them anything is better than nothing.
It really made me appreciative, especially when others around the world can not afford hearing aids or even basic health services or check ups.
This signing used in the video is called Makaton which uses signs and symbols to help people communicate.
Makaton is not designed for deaf or hard of hearing people but for people with communication issues due to other types of disabilities such as down syndrome and autism.
You learn something new every day!
But we can all agree signing and symbols and visual communication helps everyone and has many benefits for all.
Happibo In support of World Down Syndrome Day (21st March), here is the sweetest video ever. Featuring 50 mums in a carpool karaoke lip syncing with their kids to Christina Perri song, "A Thousand Years". #wouldntchangeathing #wdsd
(We don't own any rights to the music. All rights belong to Christina Perri and Wouldn't Change A Thing. See the original video here: goo.gl/krPfxA)
The video was originally inspired by Singing Hands - a UK organisation who's videos have helped many in the group learn Makaton for supporting their children’s communication development. Makaton is designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties using signs, symbols alongside speech.
With thanks to the artist Christina Perri for her support and Singing Hands for the original concept.
You can download the original track here:https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/a-thousand-years/467980710?i=467980724