Rachel Berry has been a leader of the young Deaf community for 7 years. She is the president of the Auckland Deaf Youth Group and was one of three that contributed to the development of Canterbury Deaf Youth Group. Rachel has also been an intern at Magnet, the youth service of Deaf Aotearoa, and now works at Deaf Aotearoa as a facilitator where she supports the Deaf community through 5 different services.
Proud of my part in the development, I decided to do some external work in the community. One step at a time, I started with my local Auckland Deaf community.
Rachel knows how to bring communities together and unify Deaf and Hard of Hearing young people to believe in the same vision. She also works well with stakeholders and other people who contribute these programmes to realise grand visions.
I wanted to prove that because we are deaf, it doesn’t mean we are limited in our lives. Sign language isn’t an monkey’s language. Deaf people are not dumb for expressing themselves differently.
Rachel has a clear understanding of the needs of young Deaf and how their needs fit into the youth sector and New Zealand as a whole. She is a visionary leader who empowers all who come into her realm.
Being deaf is an advantage to me. I have seen a lot of people think that deaf people can’t do things because they can’t hear… I’m here to show you all that we can. Because we are deaf, we are advantaged.