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Greater Auslan access for students in regional areas

Our Auslan (Australian Sign Language) training arm is leading the way in sign language education and with your support, we have delivered the first accredited course to students in regional Australia. 

The demand for Auslan interpreters is not just an issue in capital cities; many regional Deaf community members suffer from a lack of interpreter access. Current student, Kylie, was inspired to learn Auslan after feeling frustrated by the lack of access for a Deaf student at her school. 

She said, “If their interpreter is unavailable or sick then the child can be left with no way to communicate. They miss out on important information, learning instructions, activities and sometimes even social events, all because we are unable to communicate.

“I don’t want my students to miss out and feel excluded because of a language barrier.

"My ultimate goal is to become an Educational Interpreter and provide language and education support to students at my school.” 

Courses are taught through video conferencing technology by a Deaf teacher in Brisbane. The success of this innovative delivery will enhance opportunities for Auslan students and increase access for Deaf people in regional and remote areas.