Nine-year-old Rennie has a lot to say. But you need to use more than your ears to listen to her voice. Rennie is non-verbal but communication is her “superpower”. She uses key-word signing, body language and a Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display or PODD book to point to words and symbols she uses to share her opinions, feelings and ideas. With the help of her aunties, Hilary and Rachel Anyon, Rennie’s story has been captured in a documentary titled Look Who’s Talking. The short film joins more than 200 entries from across the globe in this year’s Focus on Ability Short Film Festival. The festival encourages people living with a disability to share their achievements and stories on the silver screen. What started out as a bit of fun for the Anyons quickly evolved into a mission to share an important message. The short film is a celebration of Rennie, who just four years ago was in a wheelchair with no form of communication. Today, the smiley Year 4 student is walking and is not afraid to let her bright and sometimes cheeky personality shine through. Hilary said people often misunderstood that those who were non-verbal had nothing to say. “Our main message is everybody has a voice, regardless if you can speak or not,” she said. “We really have to allow people to be able to have a voice.” It was a message Hilary said the Katanning community had heard loud and clear since they shared their video. After the video was shown at Rennie’s school, more of her fellow students have learnt signs and how to use her PODD book. “She is like a little mini celebrity,” said Hilary. “We have noticed that a lot of the older kids who wouldn’t normally even acknowledge Rennie now say hello to her. “They have even started learning sign language at school and a lot of the kids are really proud to come up to Rennie and start signing to her. “It has really opened up her friend base now that everyone is on the same page.” Hilary said the video was a way to show the community how far Rennie had come. “We are not really aiming to win,” she said. “Our aim was to celebrate how far Rennie has come and all her achievements and to thank the community. “It has taken the whole community to get her as far as she has come.” To watch the video, visit bit.ly/30s4e9N.