Deaf Heart

Jodee Mundy is the only person in her family who can hear. Ever since she was little, she has moved between the Deaf community and mainstream society, feeling a little out of place in both.

Her first language was Auslan, Australian sign language, and she began interpreting for her family when she was just 4 years old.

In my documentary for ABC RN’s Earshot, I chart what it was like for Jodee to be the constant interpreter, to witness her parents and brothers negotiate a world that is not set up to accommodate them, and what happened when she finally snapped.

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Jodee on her third birthday (Supplied)

Jodee was about 15 when she first heard about the term used to describe kids like her, CODA, which stands for child of Deaf adults.

She has transformed her memories of growing up as the only hearing person in a Deaf family into a new theatre work called Personal.

You can hear my story for ABC RN’s Earshot here and read an article I co-wrote for ABC News here.

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Jodee performing in her show Personal, which explores her memories of growing up in a Deaf family (Ponch Hawkes)