Communication is a Human Right

What: This is a 3-hour workshop to raise awareness of the rights of people who are Deafblind.

Who: This workshop is for support workers, service providers, allied health practitioners and anyone who is interested in supporting people who are Deafblind to be active citizens in our community.

Costs: Free but you must register / Registration:

The workshop will explore:

  • What is Deafblindness?

  • Getting the right supports - the many different approaches to supporting people who are Deafblind

  • How we understand and support communication, using a human rights approach

  • Interpreters, communication guides and assistive technology

  • What training is available and what’s involved

  • How we can all get on the same page

Auslan Interpreters will be present.

The presenters:

Steve Ripley is a leader in supporting the human rights, communication and inclusion of people who are Deafblind in this country. As a Deafblind man himself, Steve brings lived experience to his work which has included over 10 years of Deafblind communication training for services, including those supporting Deafblind people who live in group homes.

Justine Lorenz is a Deafblind practitioner based in the Hunter who also volunteers to support the local Deafblind peer group. Justine works towards a vision where each person gets the supports they need to live the life they choose.

Please register:

Any questions? Contact Jen Cush (

Watch ‘Hunter Deafblind Peers - A Brief History’ - a film made by Hunter Deafblind Peers to celebrate the growth of their peer group and the power of peer support.

Image description: Screenshot of the video 'A History of the Deaf Blind Peer Group' that shows a man and a woman sitting on a table and talking in sign language. Another woman sits at the back of the table and watches them.



5.00pm to 8.00pm - Tuesday 24 September OR 10.00am to 1.00pm - Wednesday 25 September 2019


Hunter Union’s Building 406 – 408 King Street, Newcastle West