Message is loud and clear

AS an Australian Language Model (ALM) at Bundaberg High School, hearing-impaired Narenne Barrett has seized the opportunity to give similarly-impaired students inspiration to do anything.

“There are no barriers for deaf children - they can achieve,” said Miss Barrett through Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreter Bernie Chapman.

“It's important for them to have role models.

“Just because you're deaf doesn't mean you can't do it.”

While also studying accounting at TAFE, Miss Barrett instructs students and teachers in Auslan, the nationally-recognised form of sign language.

Her boyfriend Daniel Auer is also deaf, and has found success through sports and is now in his last year of a cabinet-making apprenticeship.

Mr Auer went to Sydney this year to compete as a member of the Australian Deaf Soccer Team, where he played 10 games in six days.

With the National Week of Deaf People kicking-off tomorrow, there could be no better time for the couple to prove that deaf people can do anything.

Members of the Deaf Sports and Recreation Queensland group arrived in Bundaberg yesterday to encourage that message, through a Queensland regional tour.

State administrator Julie Lyons said deaf awareness was key for communities, which was why they toured through schools.

Deaf Week 2009 • Begins tomorrow and runs until Friday next week. • Designed to celebrate and promote deaf people's language, culture, and community. • Deaf Sports and Recreation Queensland members visited Bundaberg to promote the message


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