Staff Profiles: Alex
We sat down with Marketing Strategist Alex Fisher to find out more about her work with Deaf Services.
Can you describe your role at Deaf Services?
I’m a senior marketer for Deaf Services, working closely with the management team to increase awareness of programs and services available for Deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages across Australia.
How did you come to work at Deaf Services?
I started working at Deaf Services over three years ago on a short term contract and was excited when there was an opportunity created for me to stay permanently.
What does a typical day’s work look like for you?
Every day is different. Whether it’s working on a campaign to increase student enrolments in Auslan courses, organising a community event or developing content to share on social media; no two days are the same.
Which part of your job do you like the most?
The best part of my job is meeting community members and having them share their stories. I recently worked with clients in Townsville to develop a series of videos detailing their experience with the NDIS. Seeing the significant impact that support from Deaf Services and the NDIS has had in their lives made me proud to be a part of an organisation that really makes a difference.
I’ve also loved learning Auslan and get a thrill when a Deaf person asks me if I’m Deaf or hearing. Auslan is such a beautiful language and I feel privileged to use it to communicate every day.
What would you like to see Deaf Services achieve into the future?
Deaf Services has seen a lot of positive change as a result of the rollout of the NDIS and I’m looking forward to seeing the organisation continue to grow, providing more opportunities for clients to have greater choice and control.
What was your connection (if any) with the Deaf and hard of hearing communities before starting work at Deaf Services?
I had no connection to the Deaf or hard of hearing community prior to working at Deaf Services but it has been one of the greatest parts of my job getting to know the language, meeting community members and gaining a greater understanding of the culture.
I got married recently and our ceremony was Auslan interpreted to ensure our vows were accessible for some of our close friends in attendance. It was such a special part of the day and it was exciting for our hearing friends to experience too.