Building inclusive communities


Communication/language is the primary barrier to the inclusion of Deaf and hard of hearing people. The lack of understanding of the distinct language of the Deaf and hard of hearing community, Auslan – Australian Sign Language, and the culture that identifies the language users are significant in this. The Deaf and hard of hearing people in our regional and rural communities are under-represented if not absent from participating in community groups, decision making processes and contributing in both paid and voluntary capacities.

Real Inclusion Kit

‘Inclusion Kit for Community Groups and Organisations’ aims to increase the capacity of organisations to provide for the involvement of Deaf and hard of hearing people. The resource provides strategies that are accessible, simple and ‘easy to use’. It includes stories and communication tools and resources that increase the ability of community groups, clubs and organisations to plan and resource the inclusion and community connectedness for Deaf and hard of hearing people.

The Real Inclusion Kit is comprised of:

- An 18 minute video outlining strategies we can all use, information sheets which can be downloaded below and contacts that are useful to sustain people’s involvement in our communities.

Most importantly, this video will introduce us to three (3) people, who are Deaf.
Their stories will give us some insight into the power of positive communication and interaction and the benefits of including all people in our community activities.

Real Inclusion Information SheetsTo download Information Sheets, click the links below:

Information Sheet 1 - Community inclusion and people who are Deaf and hard of hearing

Information Sheet 2 - Access to meetings for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing

More information

For more information, contact deafaccess Victoria - Gippsland

52-54 MacArthur Street
Sale VIC 3850

Ph: 03 5143 1537
TTY: 03 5143 1537
Fax: 03 5143 1814