In celebration of National Week of Deaf People (15 - 23 October 2016), Conexu attended events around the country, including Toowong State School's Hands and Hearts Fair in Brisbane (we were a proud Gold Sponsor).
The Fair was a celebration of the senses with food, music and performances from more than 40 cultures represented at the school, including Deaf culture.
Here, Jody fills us in on what happened at the event.
Tell us about the Toowong Hands and Hearts Fair.
The Fair was put on by Toowong State School in Brisbane, which is a bilingual Auslan and English signing/speaking school. It was a celebration for the school and a great community event! A few hundred people attended throughout the day. There was a main stage, a food and drinks area, cake stalls, information tents, face painting, arts and crafts and SO much more. It was a lot of fun and the day had a lot of great energy.
How did you find out about the Fair?
We were invited along to be a sponsor of the event, which was great as it fell during National Week of Deaf People and we wanted to support some local events.
What did you think were the most interesting aspects of the Fair for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing?
This was a great get together for the Deaf community; lots of people coming together and sharing wonderful cultural experiences.
What were the most common questions people asked you at the Fair?
We met lots of new people at our stand. Many people we talked with were interested in how technology could be integrated into their communication in daily life.
We also got to catch up with some friends of Conexu too. It was great to have a chat and see what’s new.
What was your favourite moment/experience from the Fair?
The performances from the school kids on the main stage were amazing. Lots of different cultures represented in song and dance. They did so well!
What did you come away feeling excited about?
To meet new people and share more of what Conexu is doing for the community.
Thanks! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
We got to speak about Conexu and our work during the Deaf Hour. It was a great opportunity to share what we’re doing and how technology can offer some really easy and affordable communication options for people.