An executive of a disability organisation who doesn’t think much of the value of “lived experience” of people with disabilities is unaware of the one thing everyone with a disability knows about. It’s something MICHAEL UNIACKE would like to see in a flag. THE IDEA OF “LIVED experience” of disability makes Phil Hayes-Brown nervous. Writing […]
Can you ask that? Deafinitely.
There was nothing wrong with the ABC’s ‘You Can’t Ask That’ episode on deaf people. According to MICHAEL UNIACKE, the episode was mostly about satisfying the curiosity of hearing people. PERHAPS THE MOST MEMORABLE moment in the deaf episode of the ABC television series “You Can’t Ask That” came from Dion Galea. In describing […]
The international passport to signing pleasure
Thanks to spiders, stewed prunes and good teaching, MICHAEL UNIACKE enjoyed an excellent introduction to International Sign THE ART OF ABSORBING any sign language is not to try too hard. It’s best to let it wash over you, to allow yourself to see the flow, the full picture of face and movement. Being introduced to International […]
Is there an art to being deaf?
According to MICHAEL UNIACKE, Melbourne’s recent Flow Festival of deaf arts could turn out to be a milestone moment for Australia’s deaf community YOU KNOW AN ARTS FESTIVAL is going really well when the organisers and volunteers tell you about the various hiccups and stuff ups. One week after Melbourne’s Flow Festival of deaf arts, […]
Noise, deafness, and farting hearing aids
In the sci-fi horror film A Quiet Place, alien creatures with supersonic hearing slaughter humans if they make a noise. MICHAEL UNIACKE says that while the film is more about the nature of noise, deafness is an intriguing sideshow that indirectly saves the world. WHEN THE EARLY SEQUENCES of a film reveal that one of […]
When soldiering gets on with disability
Is there any connection between the recent Invictus Games, and disability, and deafness? Not much, writes MICHAEL UNIACKE. AT FIRST GLANCE, it’s not hard to mistake the 2018 Invictus Games with the Paralympics. It’s all there – teams from several dozen countries, flags, sports wheelchairs crashing into each other, obvious amputees, all jousting amid fierce cheering and inspiring […]
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