Zoë - Mayor
Deaf kids are in my DNA
My name is Zoë. I grew up with a deaf sibling - but didn't realise how much this influenced me until I went to university to study psychology. My undergraduate degrees had a strong emphasis on child development and psycholinguistics.
I also studied NZSL. This lead to a student job as a teacher aide for Deaf children, and after graduation, as a researcher in universities in New Zealand and abroad. At the Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Center, I ran the UK stream of an international study on Theory of Mind development in deaf toddlers.
I currently work as an audiologist, where I get to utilise cutting edge technology and counseling skills to improve people's quality of life. I continue to provide volunteer support to deaf youth organisations, and hope to combine clinical work with PhD study in the future.
Rosie - Fire Chief
Communication is key
Hi I'm Rosie. I'm a Speech and Language Therapist, and have worked in Deaf Education for 7 years. I am a New Zealand Sign Language user, and am passionate about promoting the language and empowering Deaf/HoH learners to become confident, healthy members of their communities - with a strong sense of identity.
I joined the Talk Town project because there is a real lack of resources currently available to support parents and professionals to develop their Deaf/HoH kid's social and self-advocacy skills. It's fun to create new and innovative solutions to real world problems.