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Every Voice Deserves To Be Heard

A research project looking at the experiences of Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing people who have previously been in prison in Aotearoa New Zealand.

On a mission! India Craddock, a Deaf Master of Arts student at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, is looking to shed light on the often overlooked experiences of Deaf, deaf, and Hard of Hearing individuals who have been incarcerated in Aotearoa New Zealand.

India's research focuses on understanding the unique challenges faced by this community within the prison system and exploring avenues for improving their well-being. With her commitment to create a platform where these voices can be heard, India seeks to do this without judgment or stigma for the individuals concerned.

Whilst there is a common intersection with the mahi of Home Ground, and India, we both support wāhine whai ora, whānau, hapori, and kōtiro in their journey towards empowerment and rehabilitation. Our shared commitment to uplifting marginalised voices makes us valuable allies in these endeavours.

Through collaboration, advocacy, and a genuine desire to make a difference, we are paving the way for a society where every individual, regardless of their background or abilities, has the opportunity to thrive.

As India continues her journey, with ethics approval, supported by the guidance of Dr. Sara Salman and Dr. Kirsten Smiler (Te Whānau a Kai, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Whakatōhea), she invites others to join her in this important conversation. Whether it's through sharing personal experiences, spreading awareness, or simply offering support, every contribution brings her one step closer to creating a more equitable future for all, where everyone's story is valued and respected.

If you're able to help India with her important research, or would like to know more, please refer to the photo for this blog or email her at


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