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Yarn bombers descend on Spring Street ahead of Deafblind Awareness Week

Vision Australia 3 mins read

 

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MEDIA ALERT

 

Tomorrow Tuesday June 18, a group of deafblind Australians, community, service and research organisations will brighten up the steps of Parliament through yarn bombing to raise awareness on key issues faced by the deafblind community.

 

Led by Able Australia, UsherKids Australia, CHARGE Syndrome Australasia, Vision Australia and Deafblind Victoria, the event aims to connect members of the deafblind community with policy makers through touch and craft.

 

“Yarn bombing has been used as an activism tool for over 20 years. It also engages our sense of touch, which is one of the few senses that someone who is deafblind can use,” said Dr Meredith Prain, Head of the Centre of Excellence, Deafblind at Able Australia.

 

“This year’s theme for Deafblind Awareness Week is ‘connect to act’. We hope that our combined efforts will create a united voice for those who are deafblind, and lead to real change for those who have multi-sensory disabilities.”

 

The Hon. Sonya Kilkenny, Minister for Planning, Paul Edbrooke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Tim Richardson, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Infrastructure and Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, have put their hands up to be yarn bombed on the day.

 

Event organisers from Able Australia, UsherKids Australia, CHARGE Syndrome Australasia, Vision Australia and Deafblind Victoria hope that the event will spark conversations around recognising deafblindness as a unique disability and will encourage urgent action for deafblind children in schools.

 

Further Details:

 

What

 

Yarn bombers descend on Spring Street ahead of Deafblind Awareness Week

 

When

 

Tuesday June 18 at 11:30am to 12:30pm.

Where

 

 

Steps of Parliament House Victoria,

Spring Street, East Melbourne.

Who

  • Able Australia, UsherKids Australia, CHARGE Syndrome Australasia, Vision Australia and Deafblind Victoria.
  • The Hon. Sonya Kilkenny, Minister for Planning, Paul Edbrooke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, Tim Richardson, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Infrastructure and Parliamentary Secretary for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

Vision Opportunities

  • Ministers being yarn bombed by members of the deafblind community.
  • Deafblind Aussies, interacting with politicians through touch and tactile art.
  • Colourful yarn bomb displays at Parliament House.

 

 

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Contact details:

Stephanie Steinhoff- Pino, Senior Media and Public Relations Advisor - stephanie.steinhoff-pino@visionaustralia.org

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