EQUALITY: Judith Raxworthy (left) and Pat Bragge (right) from the Cochlear Implant Support Group with Joanne Edgar, manager of Aus Hearing, are ready for the new technology that will help the hearing impaired on the Fraser Coast
EQUALITY: Judith Raxworthy (left) and Pat Bragge (right) from the Cochlear Implant Support Group with Joanne Edgar, manager of Aus Hearing, are ready for the new technology that will help the hearing impaired on the Fraser Coast Brendan Bufi

Doors open for deaf

PIALBA's Judith Raxworthy is all ears for remote real-time captioning - the technology is a step forward for the inclusion of those with hearing losses in community forums.

Ms Raxworthy said the deaf were excluded from gatherings such as council meetings, information sessions and political conferences.

"We don't go simply because we cannot hear and it's too frustrating," she said.

For the first time on the Fraser Coast, a symposium held during Hearing Awareness Week will be delivered along with remote real-time captioning.

Ms Raxworthy hopes organisations committed to equal access and those with hearing problems will attend.

"Remote real time captioning gives equal access to the deaf community and gives them the opportunity for them to express their views," she said.

"Most organisations think of access only in terms of wheelchair access and all too often deaf people are excluded."

The symposium will be held at the Hervey Bay Boat Club where live speech transmitted to and captioned in Brisbane, will be projected on to a screen.

A program of speakers from different organisations has been arranged to speak and it is open to the public.

"One in six Australians has some form of hearing loss," Ms Raxworthy said.

"I want to encourage as many hearing-impaired and deaf people to come along, as it is the first time they will truly have access."

Ms Raxworthy also co-ordinates a cochlear implant support group on the Fraser Coast. Email judyrax48@gmail.com for more information.

The symposium is on at the Hervey Bay Boat Club between 10am and 2pm on August 25.



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