Ayah Wehbe

Research Assistant & Postgraduate Research Student
Research Assistant

Research

Ayah Wehbe is an early career researcher and part of the Disability Research team at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), in UNSW Sydney. Ayah worked on many research and evaluation projects about disability, including a Review of the National Disability Strategy (NDS) and Peer Support Practice Review. She also worked for a multicultural community organisation (Advance Diversity Services) on a research project exploring the accessibility of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people in Sydney from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Ayah is currently working on Easy Read projects to make SPRC research reports accessible.

PhD

Ayah was awarded a Scientia PhD Scholarship for 2019-2023. Her PhD topic, undertaken at the SPRC at UNSW, focuses on the identity and belonging of Australian Muslim Women with Hearing Loss, which is a build up of her 2016 Honours thesis on women with hearing loss who come from an Australian, Lebanese-Muslim background. Ayah's PhD explores how Australian Muslim women with hearing loss define their identity and sense of belonging, in relation to the mainstream Deaf community in Sydney, the Muslim community, the wider Australian population, and the (growing) Deaf Muslim Community in Sydney. It also aims to take an action research approach and use inclusive methods such as auto-ethnography, participation observation and Auslan (Australian Sign Language) accessible interviews with Muslim women in Sydney with hearing loss. 

Community

Ayah has her own blogpage and Facebook called Silent Signs (www.silentsigns.net) where she shares her own personal, research and community experiences as an Australian Muslim woman with hearing loss. She spends a lot of time voluntarily organising events, creating awareness videos and collaborating with different communities, businesses, organisations and people on deaf/disability related projects and bridging gaps between different communities in Sydney. Ayah has connections to different disability/deaf and Muslim communities locally and abroad and has been invited to present her research and experiences at local events and international conferences. Ayah's unique position which includes her lived experiences as an Australian Muslim woman with hearing loss and her active community involvement and international networks allows her to be a researcher and a PhD candidate with an insider perspective.

Publications

Conference Papers
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Wehbe A, 2018, 'Blessing or A Curse? Exploring the Identity and Lived Experiences of Australian, Lebanese-Muslim Women with Hearing Impairment', in Suparto ; Zaky A; Rizky K (eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Diversity and Disability Inclusion in Muslim Societies (ICDDIMS 2017), International Conference on Diversity and Disability Inclusion in Muslim Societies (ICDDIMS 2017), Jakarta, Indonesia, presented at International Conference on Diversity and Disability Inclusion in Muslim Societies (ICDDIMS 2017), Jakarta, Indonesia, 21 November 2017 - 22 November 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.2991/icddims-17.2018.36
2018
Conference Presentations
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Wehbe A, 2019, 'Auto-ethnography to research identity and belonging of Australian Muslim women with hearing loss', presented at The 2nd International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Asia., Faculty of Law, Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia, 24 September 2019 - 25 September 2019, http://silentsigns.net/2019/10/21/icdda-conference-in-malang-indonesia-2019/#.XcS6JOgzbIU
2019
Wehbe A, 2019, 'Using intersectionality Theory to Understand the Experience of Muslim Women in Australia with Hearing Loss', presented at 3rd International Conference Of Deaf Muslims, Jakarta, Indonesia, 28 November 2019 - 01 December 2019, https://www.indonesiaicdm2019.com/
2019
Wehbe A, 2018, '‘Silent Invisible Women: Exploring the Identity and Lived Experiences of Australian Lebanese-Muslim Women with a Hearing Impairment’', presented at Symposium on The Agency of Muslim Women in the Australian Context, Sydney, Australia, 21 February 2018 - 22 February 2018
2018
Wehbe A, 2017, '‘Blessing or A Curse? Exploring the Identity and Lived Experiences of Australian, Lebanese-Muslim Women with A Hearing Impairment’', presented at International Conference Disability and Diversity in Muslim Societies: Experiences from Asia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 21 November 2017 - 22 November 2017
2017
Wehbe A; Thushara S; Smedley C, 'Accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): views and experience of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, Sydney Australia, 09 September 2019 - 11 September 2019
Media
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Wehbe A, 2017, Silent Invisible Women, Language on the Move, http://www.languageonthemove.com/silent-invisible-women/
2017
Wehbe A, 2017, Growing up hard of hearing… and Muslim, https://www.isigniwander.com/home/growing-up-hard-of-hearing-and-muslim/
2017
Reports
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Purcal C; Zmudzki F; Hill T; Giuntoli G; Fisher K; O’Shea P; Wehbe A, 2019, Evaluation Plan Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative Plus (HASI Plus), Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/unsworks_55912
2019
Davy L; Fisher K; Wehbe A; Purcal C; Robinson S; Kayess R; Santos D, 2019, Review of implementation of the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020: Final report, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5c7494b61edc4
2019
Wehbe A; Davy L; Fisher K; Robinson S; Kayess R; Purcal C, 2019, NDIS Peer Support Final Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5d4e3b189539e
2019