NSW Deaf Society launches another Auslan educational resource: Sexual health education for young deaf people

In late 2010, the Deaf Society of NSW obtained a grant from Sexual Health Week (which is supported by NSW Health) to create an online resource, “How much do you know about Sexual Health?”. This resource aims to increase the awareness of sexual health issues and promote healthy sexual relationships to young deaf people aged 16 to 25 years.

There has previously been no web-based information in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) on sexual health awareness. For the Deaf Community, information of this nature in their preferred language is a significant access initiative. Being an online resource, the videos are available for deaf people to access without having to compromise their privacy by asking for information from others.

“How much do you know about Sexual Health?” covers topics such as sexually transmitted infections, safe sex and sexual health checks. Additional support for the project came from Parent Council for Deaf Education (PCDE), Deaf Australia (NSW), SLC NSW and the Deaf Society of NSW.

Sharon Everson, Deaf Society CEO, said “We are pleased to see this information being made available in Auslan. It is important for young deaf people to have access to this information readily. We appreciate the support of Sexual Health Week, Deaf Australia NSW and PCDE in making this possible.”

The information is signed in Auslan by two young deaf people, with role-plays by young Deaf people and the Nursing Manager of the Parramatta Sexual Health Clinic.

It is hoped that by providing accessible information in a format that can be accessed privately, understanding of sexual health and healthy sexual relationships will be much improved amongst members of the Deaf Community.
“How much do you know about Sexual Health?” resource can be found at:
www.deafsocietynsw.org.au/sexual_health

Further information and appointments for interviews can be obtained from The Deaf Society of New South Wales by telephoning (02) 8833 3600.

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