Public speaking

Me (far right) at the annual Women’s Aid conference, 2015.

For seven years, I have given presentations in BSL at conferences, festivals, and invite-only events – both within the Deaf Community, and mainstream – that revolve around my personal experience as a deaf person.

While the topics under discussion concern the deaf lived experience and are often sensitive and raw, I always aim to be articulate and candid in my delivery, ensuring that my audience comes away with a new understanding that cannot be gleaned from academic research. These include domestic abuse, mental health issues, grief, special-needs parenting, and identity issues.

If you’d like to book me for your conference to discuss one of the above topics, please email mostynmelissa at gmail dot com

Keynote speaker:

2016 Annual British Society of Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD) conference
2015 Annual NHS Safeguarding conference: ‘Hidden Voices’
2015 DeafHope, informal presentation on domestic abuse with deaf survivors
2015 Heathlands School, Being a deaf parent of a disabled child
2011 Healthy Deaf Minds quarterly event, ‘Deaf Carers’

Panellist:

2018 Women of the World (WOW) Exeter, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ session
2015 WOW Southbank Festival, ‘Rock Bottom’ session
2015 Annual Women’s Aid conference, diversity session

350 NHS Safeguarding professionals giving a BSL hand wave at the end of my 45-minute keynote presentation, 2015.
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