Hearing difficulty no barrier to achieving dream

Tien Marlow.
Tien Marlow.

COODANUP’S Tien Marlow knows first hand what it is like to have trouble hearing.

But it was an issue Ms Marlow chose to embrace, not ignore, when she decided to go back to school and turn her attention to helping others who were deaf.

Equipped with an AUSLAN interpreter and a note-taker, she began studying a Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) at Rockingham’s South Metropolitan TAFE earlier this year.

Fast forward a few months and Ms Marlow has just completed work placement at Access Plus WA Deaf and is aiming to continue her studies with a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing Support).

She said the course had been daunting at first but that now she was really enjoying the chance to pursue her dream.

“The first day of the course was overwhelming, but as the weeks went on I proved to myself that I could do it,” she said.

“I wanted to do the course because there is a need for support workers to work with deaf clients in the community.

“I would like to work with deaf clients with an intellectual disability as I want to see them achieve their goals and improve their skills.”