Nic and Trudy met in 2000 under the guise of a signing choir. Their friendship strengthened and their passion for creativity, signing and education for deaf children was born!
Nic studied Auslan in 1999 and completed a Diploma of Interpreting. She has worked as a Para-Profession Interpreter since 2001 in a range of settings corporate, education and medical.
Prior to the birth of Talking Hands for Kids Nicole joined the Melbourne Deaf Signing Choir (2001-2006). It was through the group Nic became great friends with Trudy and when she required an amateur actor for her short films Nic's hand went up.
Talking Hands has enabled Nic to expand her creative side as well as feeding her passion for Deaf Education.
Trudy is Deaf from birth and is involved in the Deaf community since she was a child. She loves movies and stories when she was growing up. As a teenager she wrote stories on her computer as a hobby. She entered The Dorothy Shaw Writing Competition three times. The second time she entered she came 2nd. In her third and final year her story, "Where in the Book is Carmen Sandiego?" came in the 1st place. (It is one of the stories in Auslan Storybooks, "Where in the World is Camilla Strickett?")
She loves telling stories, translating books from English to Auslan to deaf children and enjoy listening to other people's stories.
She works as an Education Support in a deaf school in Melbourne.