Heather Lawson has Usher Syndrome Type 1 and communicates through tactile Auslan and braille. She works as a voluntary deafblind advocate, mentor and trainer, and was employed by Able Australia on the Deafblind Orientation and Mobility Project as an expert adviser. Heather is one of the founding members of Deafblind Victoria a state based self-advocacy group. She has done as community educator to various fields over many years. Heather is currently the president of the Deafblind Australia.