Sydney Deaf Festival 2017!

Sydney Deaf Festival 2017!

On Saturday 21st October was the annual Deaf Festival at Parramatta River. And for the first time ever, we set up a Muslim Deaf Community stall! Silent Signs, along with Muslim Deaf Association Sydney, Deaf Muslim Australia, Deaf Muslim Wellness and...
Going to the Movies: A Frustrating Experience

Going to the Movies: A Frustrating Experience

So my friend and I wanted to watch ‘Victoria and Abdul’ at the Cinema yesterday.  “When will we watch it”? She asks me one day.  “Whenever there is closed captions available”! I reply. Going to the movies has always been a...
Honours Graduation 2017

Honours Graduation 2017

Yesterday was my graduation. My second graduation, for my honours I completed last year. It was the most challenging and rewarding year for me. It was challenging because I really struggled with my complex identities of being the only hijab wearing Muslim, with...

Care vs Support

It costs nothing to be caring and to care for others. Nothing. Caring is compassion and love and understanding. Support is something you offer to other people and support is sometimes paid work. Support workers or people offering support are doing a job, but sometimes...

The Schools

My earliest memory of moving to the primary school with a hearing-impaired class in year 1, was walking through the door and seeing 2 girls sitting next to each other. Hearing impaired classes have students from k-2 or from year 3-6 in one class. There were other kids...

The Diagnosis

I don’t really remember much about how they found out I was hearing-impaired. Symptoms are not always common nor are they visible. Common signs of hearing loss can be delayed speech, shouting to hear ones voice, anger and frustration. All I know is that...
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