Feb 2018 Sunshine Coast Daily
Doctors said Erin Turner would never walk or talk when she was born, but the Coast woman now prides herself on a healthy, active lifestyle and teaches sign language. The 28-year-old had to be resuscitated at birth and was born with several health problems. At 16 months old she was diagnosed as profoundly deaf. Ms Turner also suffers from ataxic cerebral palsy. Every day Ms Turner uses Auslan sign language to communicate with people, but had to teach herself to lip read for those who don't use it. "Group situations are particularly hard as it's impossible to follow who is actually talking,” Ms Turner said. "The worst and cruellest thing is when people say things like 'it's not important' or 'it doesn't matter'.
Erin Turner is deaf and suffers from cerebral palsy, but living with disability won't stop the 28-year-old from living her best life
"I received a cochlear implant in 2011, and many people think I can hear well because of it. I can't - it mainly gives me access to environmental sounds. I still have absolutely no idea of which direction sounds come from.” Despite this, Ms Turner keeps herself busy working three part-time jobs and staying active. "It's really important for me to maintain fitness and muscle tone because this helps control and minimise how my cerebral palsy affects me,” she said. "I've been a disability support worker for over seven years, and have just started a couple of other totally different jobs, including teaching Auslan to a community class. "Sometimes people try to stop me doing things or think that I can't do things, but I am pretty stubborn and won't let people put me down because of my disabilities.”