The first deaf-blinds group to be formed in Australia’s history was founded in 1891 by an elderly farmer named Robert Clovis.
The idea was to use the deaf community to teach children to speak English and to help them develop their hearing.
Now known as the deaf-mutes, the group aims to help children with hearing problems through activities, including singing, dancing and music.
Clovises grandson, John Farrar, says the group has had success in promoting literacy among the deaf, and that he has not heard of deaf culture being erased.
“I think they’re doing great work and it’s a great example of a group that has grown out of necessity,” Mr Farrac said.
“But I’m not sure how much of a reason deaf culture is being erased.”
Mr Farsar, who lives in a remote area of the Northern Territory, is a member of the deaf deaf-minority deaf community.
“The deaf people, they’re the ones that have it hardest,” he said.
The group’s founders also have a message for the world, saying: “We don’t have to go into the dark ages of the 19th century to find out the way forward.
It’s in our DNA to be brave, to be innovative, to do something that’s different, and to make a difference.”
The deaf community has grown in size and influence since the late 19th Century, when the first deaf mutes were formed in the United States.
“When I was young, there was a lot of ignorance about deaf culture and deaf people in Australia, and the deaf culture in Australia was pretty much a dark age, where you couldn’t get out into the daylight,” Mr Clovise said.
“So, the idea was, we need to be out there to change the whole culture of Australia.”