RAVI

25, Graphic Designer

Deaf

"In the middle of the dance floor in a seedy nightclub below the venerable Rooftop Bar, I wrote a stupid line, introducing myself, in a text editor app on my mobile and launched it into her face. She took the phone into her hand, we moved off the dance floor and quickly became engrossed in a conversation about cats, all done by passing my phone back and forth between each other. 

And the rest is history. Now two and a half years later I still have all of the conversations we had early in our relationship before I started teaching her sign language." 

I was diagnosed at birth and officially tested by an audiologist when I was few months old. I am proud of my Deafness even though I may not show it and I am grateful for what it has brought to into my life in terms of unique experiences. And I am fortunate that I work in Art & Design where most people are open-minded and highly adaptable.

I use Auslan but I cannot recall when I started, as it was the natural way of communicating in a household with two Deaf parents. One of the biggest challenges is the ignorance and perpetration of myths about Deafness within the general public. I always find it helpful to be on the ready to help educate people more about Deafness and our language (Auslan) and the many other sign languages. 

This goes a very long way in terms of quelling the ignorance which has so much influence in professional settings (more so in some industries than others). And I am genuinely passionate about sharing and teaching everything I have knowledge on: Deafness and Sign Language being chief amongst them. When one learns it is almost guaranteed that one will share his or her learnings.