About Deafblindness


This section of Deafblind Information Australia is dedicated to the stories of people living with vision and hearing impairments – whether from the perspective of the individual, their family or one of their carers right through to the teachers, therapists and the wider community involved in someone’s life.

It may be their experience and their personal achievements.  It may also be about their frustration or their difficulties in accessing what they need to fulfil their life choices. More often than not, the personal journey that is documented is more powerful that a library of text books.

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“My story has been that of challenge, of finding a way and living my life and making the most of what I have rather than dwelling on what I don’t.”

Learn more about Molly

Living with Usher’s II is like..

Wilma has updated her story …

Being a professional robberee! (the one being robbed!!) On an all too regular basis, emotionally and often practically it is like being robbed (or sometimes having the whole house burned down!!)  I often say, your body is the biggest thief you’ll ever meet!

Learn more about Wilma


I was born in Auckland New Zealand on June 12th 1962 with the same congenital eye disease my brother had. I have optic atrophy.

Learn more about Linda

  • Elizabeth

    Lil Martin has experienced deteriorating sight and hearing for a number of years.

  • Alex

    Alex wanted to share his experiences about when he attended the Senses Deafblind camp in November 2012.

  • Carol

    Carol enjoyed the deaf/blind camping & loved it very much. Please read her story…

  • Deb

    Deb has written about her experiences when she attended Senses Deafblind camp in November 2012.

  • Wilma

    After five years in a special school for the hard of hearing, after changing schools, AT LAST I was allowed to take piano lessons!!!!!

  • Alessia

    My beautiful baby girl, Alessia arrived at 8:21pm on Monday February 19, 2007. She was beautiful; but something was way wrong, very wrong.

  • Oscar

    After a restless night, with what we thought was the first signs of teething, our 6 and a half month old baby boy was lying on the couch, very quiet and still.

  • Eddie

    I was born profoundly deaf in 1965 and I have Usher Syndrome which has resulted in me having impaired vision since the age of 20.

  • Chris

    Chris from Coburg, Victoria wanted to say…

  • Linda – deafblind camp

    Last year in November, when I attended the deafblind camp in Perth I loved it so much I decided then and there that I wanted to go to the Melbourne one.

    So I booked. i got cold feet and nearly didn’t go but then about a week or so beforehand I found my enthusiasm for it again.

  • Joseph

    Please read if you want to know more about me!

  • Kirsty

    Hi my name is Kirsty.

  • Cochlear Implant Surgery – A lived experience

    A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound, to a person who has a severe to profound hearing loss or a moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss.

  • Edan

    Edan Chapman was born with the rare genetic disorder known as Usher syndrome. He is – and always has been – profoundly Deaf. Now he is going slowly blind from retinitis pigmentosa. This is part one of a two-part story on Edan Chapman’s battle with Ushers.

  • Deb – my new home

    In March 1999 I first moved out of home to my own place in Maylands.  I liked living in my own place, I have support from DSC once a week to go shopping and some cooking.