A peer support group for those with both visual and hearing impairments has released a pair of films to raise awareness of deafblindness.
Hunter Deafblind Peers, started in 2015 by Jex Truran-Lakaev, has five members who all use different modes of communication.
The group launched its locally made short films at Carrington Bowling Club last week.
“It’s about letting people know we exist,” Mr Truran-Lakaev said.
“We want to let people know what they can do to help make the world a bit easier for us to navigate.
“Even though we are deafblind we just communicate in different ways.
“We go about things differently to achieve the same outcomes.”
Hunter Deafblind Peers meets monthly, predominately at Newcastle hotels, and is supported by Community Disability Alliance Hunter.
The group was assisted in making its short films by Geordie Anderson, of 3x3 Media.
The production was funded by Team Up, a project of Council for Intellectual Disability, Community Disability Alliance Hunter, and Diversity and Disability Alliance.
HDP members were joined by Auslan, tactile Auslan and finger spelling interpreters at the launch, which finished with a bush dance.