By Jody Barney
I am a Birri-Gubba/Urangan woman from southeast Queensland.
I am Aboriginal, I am deaf, I am gay and currently I am living in rural Victoria.
I'm not yet 50 but I have been doing my work for exactly 30 years.
As a deaf kid among a lot of brothers and sisters, I struggled with understanding the written language.
English is my fourth language. I first had a visual language, then various sign languages, gestures and spoken language - mostly with elders, family and people I trust.
But I was invisible then, like many young people I have worked with over the years. Invisible to others and also to myself.
Jody Barney is an Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity.