Deaf Children Need Sign Language: DRISANA LEVITZKE-GRAY
Drisana Levitzke-Gray is the recipient of the 2015 Young Australian of the Year Award in recognition of her passion and dedication in advocating for the human rights of deaf people, raising awareness about Auslan (Australian Sign Language), and the rights of deaf children in Australia to access Auslan from birth. A motivational speaker and consultant, she works for Woolworths as a Workplace Advocate as well as a columnist for PrimoLIFE Magazine and a voluntary committee member for a number of organisations. Drisana is the embodiment of the concept of ‘deaf gain’ – not ‘hearing loss’ – by inspiring the deaf community and encouraging the wider community to accept diversity. Drisana was the first deaf Auslan user to fulfil her civic duty as a juror, and consistently promotes a positive image of deafness, which states loudly and proudly: “It’s OK to be deaf”.