4 December 2006

Insight into Deaf culture wins Human Rights Radio Award

A radio series about the grief, challenges and complexities for hearing parents who are raising deaf children has won this year"s Human Rights Radio Award.
The series Being Deaf Pt 1: Time Lost and Pt 2: Deaf and Proud by Kirsti Melville of ABC Radio National"s Street Stories program, focussed on the hurdles and highlights of deaf babies who are born to hearing parents throughout Australia every year.

Offering a valuable insight into the politics of deaf culture, the series captured the grief of hearing parents who know nothing of deafness and are unprepared for the challenges ahead.

Described by the judges as a "very sophisticated and moving insight" into the deaf world, the series was original and thought-provoking radio that made listeners think about deafness in a different way.

Living Like a Slave by David Mark broadcast on ABC Radio"s PM program was highly commended in this year"s awards for breaking the story of two Korean nationals and the company that illegally employed them.

The company"s subsequent mistreatment of their workplace injuries and denial of superannuation, compensation and other entitlements led to intense public discussion and debate in federal Parliament about employer exploitation of the 457 visa.

Sex and the Intellectually Disabled by Damien Carrick and Anita Barraud of ABC Radio National"s Law Report program was also highly commended for its probe into this rarely discussed legal and social issue.

Explored through the voices of parents of a 35-year-old man with an intellectual disability, the program highlighted problems of unprotected sex and sexual assault by residents in supported accommodation. The judges described the program as a "confronting" piece of radio which broke new ground.

The prestigious Human Rights Medal was also presented at the ceremony, along with awards for Law (sponsored by the Law Council of Australia), Community, Arts Non-Fiction, Television and Print Media. For full details: www.humanrights.gov.au/hr_awards/

Media contact: Louise McDermott 02 9284 9851 or 0419 258 597



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