Deaf Children Showcase their Public Speaking Skills on Capital Hill in Australia

He’s a bright-eyed 10-year-old who won’t let much get in the way of telling a cracking joke.

Max Harpham, from Thornleigh in Sydney’s north-west, has been busily preparing a speech to wow some of Australia’s most powerful politicians in Canberra on Wednesday.

He will take the stage with 12 fellow hearing-impaired children from Australia and New Zealand at The Power of Speech event at Parliament House during Hearing Awareness Week to prove deafness is no barrier to education – or even public speaking.

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