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Drisana Levitzke-Gray

Drisana Levitzke-Gray (b 1993[1]) is a deaf woman from Perth, Western Australia, who advocates for deaf people and culture. She is a natural speaker of Auslan.[2] In 2015, she became Young Australian of the Year.[3]


  • Personal life 1
  • Deaf culture 2
  • Awards 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5

Personal life

Levitzke-Gray was born to a line of deaf women, and is the fifth woman to be deaf or partially deaf: great, great grandmother, Eva Johnston, her daughter Dorothy Shaw to Danielle Shaw to Patricia Levitzke-Gray, and herself.[2] Her father is also deaf, and she has a deaf brother.[2] .[2]

Deaf culture

Levitzke-Gray was selected in 2011 by Deaf Australia to attend the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section Leadership Camp in Durban, South Africa, and the World Federation of the Deaf General Assembly.[2]

Levitzke-Gray attended the Frontrunners international deaf youth leadership course in 2012 and 2013.

In January 2014, Levitzke-Gray was the first deaf person in WA and Australia to participate in jury duty.[4]


External links

  • The Deaf Odyssey of Drisana


  1. ^ a b The Deaf Odyssey of Drisana - Photos, photographs, Drisana Levitzke-Gray, 4 January 2015, accessed 26 January 2016
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About Me!". The Deaf Odyssey of Drisana. Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Australian of the Year: Rosie Batty awarded top honour for efforts to stop family violence".  
  4. ^ WA woman 'first deaf Australian to participate in jury duty', Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, SBS, 24 January 2014, accessed 26 January 2015
  5. ^ Young Australian of the Year 2015 - Drisana Levitzke-Gray - Deaf advocate, Australian of the Year, accessed 26 January 2015
  6. ^ 2015 Young Australian of the Year: Drisana Levitzke-Gray, David Flannery, ABC News Online, 26 January 2015
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