Drisana Levitzke-Gray is the recipient of the 2015 Young Australian of the Year Award in recognition of her passion and dedication in advocating for the human rights of Deaf people. She raises awareness about Auslan (Australian Sign Language), and the right of Deaf children in Australia to access Auslan from birth.
Passionate about accessibility and human rights, she uses her platform as an ambassador to Our Watch and Full Stop Foundation to advocate for information and services in Auslan, regarding domestic violence in Auslan. Domestic violence does not discriminate and those who are marginalised are often the least likely to receive services and support as well as being more likely to experience domestic violence.
“As a Deaf woman, I am acutely aware of the lack of services and information available in Australian Sign Language (Auslan) for a wide range of important topics, particularly the area of domestic violence.
There is the need for Auslan fluent service providers who understand the cultural and linguistic intersectionality that arises for Deaf women, as well as the inclusion of women with disabilities.
To raise awareness about domestic violence is to include every single woman in the conversation.
It is imperative to end gendered violence for Deaf women, for disabled women, for all women.”
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