If you’re not deaf, you probably don’t realise you have a hearing privilege. Deaf rights campaigner Drisana Levitzke-Gray tells us how we shouldn’t feel guilty about this – Instead we can put it to work and join with the deaf community to make a fairer and more inclusive world. Drisana is the embodiment of the concept of ‘deaf gain’, not ‘hearing loss’. She cares deeply about encouraging the wider community to accept diversity. Drisana was the first deaf Auslan-user to fulfil her civic duty as a juror, deliver a TEDx talk in Auslan and consistently promotes a positive image of deafness, which states loudly and proudly: “It’s OK to be deaf”.
Drisana was the 2015 Young Australian of the Year and West Australian Young Person of the Year in recognition of her passion and dedication in advocating for the human rights of deaf people. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx