Drisana Levitzke-Gray was named 2015 Young Australian of the Year for her dedication to making Auslan not only a fundamental right for young deaf and hard of hearing children, but to making Auslan a language for all Australians. Her tenure as Young Australian of the Year recently ended on Australia Day when the baton was passed to Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, founders of Orange Sky Laundry, a free mobile laundry helping the homeless. She has had an amazing year as a Deaf advocate and has brought Auslan into the spotlight.
The Bendigo Advertiser caught up with Drisana before the Australia Day ceremony and asked her about her experiences over the last year – meeting the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to talk about access to Auslan, partnering with Woolworths and befriending the Yellow Wiggle! We were also lucky to have Drisana come to Deaf Children Australia and present to students and families about life as a young Deaf person. Read the transcript of Drisana’s inspiring presentation here.
Read all about Drisana’s time as Young Australian of the Year and her plans for the future in the Bendigo Advertiser.