Link Disability Magazine is Australia's leading national cross-disability magazineFeaturing opinions and perspectives directly from people with a disability, Link covers a diverse range of topics including news, issues, art, sport, breakthroughs, travel, health, advocacy, products and people in the disability sector. Link started out in 1980 as a small state-based newspaper and has since evolved into a national, professionally designed, glossy, colour magazine.
Welcome to the December edition of Link!
The 2019 December edition of Link is full of heartening stories to get you in the holiday spirit, including an interview with our cover feature, talented singer-songwriter Rachael Leahcar on her new Christmas album titled Together for Christmas. Also featured is Perth’s Drisana Levitzke-Gray, a fierce advocate for social change who raises awareness about Auslan and the right of Deaf children to access Auslan from birth. We also meet Fiona Place, who has written a book on her son Fraser, a talented artist with Down Syndrome. Big thank you to Kelly Stone for her stellar work as Editor of Link Magazine – our new editor, Bianca Wordley, will be introduced in the February edition. The team at Link wishes you a wonderful and safe holiday season and we thank you for your continued support.
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Signing for human rights
Drisana Levitzke-Gray has won multiple awards – including the 2015 Young Australian of the Year Award – for her work in advocating for the rights of Deaf people. She raises awareness about Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and is passionate about the right of Deaf children to access Auslan from birth and to grow up bilingual. She shares why the way Australia treats Deaf children needs to be radically rethought.
“Fundamentally Deaf people and children are still looked upon as if they are broken, that they are a defect that needs to be fixed in order to be part of society,” she said.
Image: Drisana advocates for Deaf children in Australia to learn Auslan from birth.