Famous Deaf Australian

Drisana Levitzke-Gray
Young Australian of the Year (2015)
Photo credit: Daniel-Boud

Drisana Levitzke-Gray

Drisana Levitzke-Gray is the recipient of the 2015 Young Australian of the Year Award and WA Young Australian of the Year Award in recognition of her passion and dedication in advocating for the human rights of deaf people, raising awareness about Auslan (Australian Sign Language), and the right of deaf children in Australia to access Auslan from birth.  She works as a Motivational Speaker, Auslan and accessibility Consultant and provides workshops on various topics.

Drisana promotes the Deaf community as one without borders and one of rich language, culture, history and traditions. Currently self-employed, offering professional services as a motivational speaker, Auslan and accessibility consultant, workplace advocate for companies such as Woolworths, and a columnist for PrimoLIFE Magazine. Drisana is the embodiment of the concept of ‘Deaf gain’, not ‘hearing loss’, inspiring the Deaf community, and encouraging the wider community to accept diversity. Drisana was the first Deaf Auslan user to fulfil her civic duty as a juror, and consistently promotes a positive image of deafness, which states loudly and proudly: “It’s OK to be deaf”.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
  • First Deaf Auslan user to get through Jury Duty proceedings (2014)
  • Delivered first TEDx talk in Auslan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou1Me-4GzuE
  • Australian Human Rights Commission’s Young People Human Rights Medal 2015
  • WA Women’s Hall of Face (2016)
  • WA Young Australian of the Year Award (2015)
  • Deaf Youth Australian of the Year (2013)

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