2015 Young Australian of the Year Deaf advocate
From: Western Australia
Drisana Levitzke-Gray is the recipient of the 2015 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 promotes the Deaf community as one without borders and one of rich language, culture, history and traditions. Drisana is the embodiment of the concept ‘deaf gain' not ‘hearing loss'.