Rodney Adams has been an adjunct lecturer in Auslan/Deaf Studies at the University of Newcastle since 2008. He also works as a teacher of the deaf and is the co-ordinator for the “Advocate, Access and Aspire” Deaf Leadership Conference also held at the University of Newcastle. With Aboriginality in his own family Rodney has been on a journey to explore and work with deaf Aboriginal people to achieve greater self-sufficiency.
Sue Frank is a Torres Strait Islander Woman; and is from the Mabuyagiwagal (Mabuiag Island)/Badulgal (Badu Island) heritage families of Kala Lagaw Ya (Western Islands) and Pama-Nyungan language family. She currently works as a Project Officer for the Indigenous Communication Program (Indigenous Advancement Strategy) in the Cairns and Lockhart River regions with Deaf Services Queensland and set up the ATSIDG (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Group) in 1998 in Cairns, Far North Queensland.
Dr John Gilroy is a Koori from the Yuin Nation and works as an Indigenous health sociologist at the University of Sydney. From a young age his mother and speech therapist taught him an artificial sign system. He has focused his interests on Aboriginal disability rights advocacy, using research and scholarship as his medium.
Colonisation and deaf Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The impacts of colonisation on the health, social, economic and cultural experiences of the Indigenous peoples of Australia are well documented, however scant information is available on its impact on deaf/hard of hearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.