Deaf Awareness Training

The Deaf community is a minority cultural group within Australia that has its own language: Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Deaf Awareness Training aims to provide the wider community, organisations, businesses, schools and services with appropriate and relevant information about Deaf people and how they are part of a wider Deaf community.

Most importantly, Deaf Awareness Training is about providing knowledge and strategies for improving the interaction between Deaf and hearing people and usually runs from one to two hours with groups of 10 to 30 people.

The content of each session can vary according to the audience and context. Generally, we provide information on the following topics:

  • Deaf Culture and community

  • Language and communication strategies

  • Working with someone who is Deaf

  • Issues/barriers that Deaf people face

  • Devices (e.g. TTY, Captions, SMS, MSN, ooVoo, Skype)

  • National Relay Service

  • Vicdeaf services

  • Other services available

  • Basic Auslan / fingerspelling

Key Outcomes

  • Gain insight into the inner workings of Deaf people and the Deaf community and the diverse people within it

  • Gain in confidence and knowledge about Deaf issues and support services available

  • Build understanding that promotes positive communication and experiences

  • Deepen your understanding of how access for Deaf people can be improved

Please contact us to register your interest or if you have any questions.