Auslan (Australian sign language) is the language of Australia’s deaf community. It uses hand, arm and body movements to communicate meaning. For children who are deaf or hard of hearing, learning Auslan as soon as possible after diagnosis can support the development of important language and communications skills.
When children who are deaf or hard of hearing learn sign language, it doesn’t stop them from learning vocal language. In fact, it supports it.
Young babies can start to communicate their needs using sign language even before they can talk.
Studies have shown that babies taught both spoken and sign language achieve the usual developmental milestones in both languages in a similar time-frame to norms established in monolingual children.
Young children learn sign language at the same time and pace as any other language
Like other sign languages used around the world, Auslan was developed by and for people in the deaf community. Auslan was not created by an individual at a single point in time it has evolved over almost 200 years of use! It is linked to British Sign Language, which was probably first used in Australia when deaf people came here from Britain in the 1790s.
The name ‘Auslan’ was coined by Trevor Johnston, author of the first Auslan dictionary, in the early 1980s, but the language itself is much older.
There are many ways to develop Auslan skills with your family - on-line, face to face and by connecting with families for meet ups. We have collected a list of providers - see below:
Anytime Auslan 0412388944 firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 56 Nerang QLD 4211
Auslan Tutor Online (FB) email@example.com Bendigo VIC
Deaf Society 1800 893 855 firstname.lastname@example.org 4/69 Phillip Street Parramatta NSW 2150
Superprof email@example.com Australia Wide
Teaching All Over 0404-695174 P.O. Box 339 Tumbarumba NSW 2653
Expression Australia: https://expression.com.au/services/auslan
Learn Auslan: https://learnauslan.com.au/
Next Sense Auslan Tutor: https://www.nextsense.org.au/apps-and-resources/auslan-tutor
Sign Language Australia 0431931808 38 Oak Avenue Tonsley SA 5042
Can:Do 4Kids - Welland 08 8100 8200 59-61 Grange Road Welland SA 5007
Can:Do 4Kids - North Adelaide 08 8267 9299 Shop SP036 Colonnades Shopping Centre, Lot 54 Beach Road Noarlunga Centre SA 5158
Can:Do 4Kids - Noarlunga 08 8267 9200 185 Melbourne Street North Adelaide SA 5006
Auslan in the West firstname.lastname@example.org Busselton WA 6280
Access Plus WA Deaf - Head Office (08) 9441 2677 email@example.com 34 Dodd Street Wembley WA 6014
Access Plus WADeaf - Belmont (08) 9441 2677 Training@accessplus.org.au 105 Daly Street Belmont WA 6104
Access Plus WADeaf - Mandurah (08) 9441 2677 Training@accessplus.org.au 41 Ormsby Terrace Mandurah WA 6210
Access Plus WADeaf - Cockburn (08) 9441 2677 Training@accessplus.org.au 62 Aurora Drive Atwell WA 6164
Access Plus WADeaf - Midland (08) 9441 2677 Training@accessplus.org.au 135 Suffolk Street Caversham WA 6055
Access Plus WADeaf - Currambine (08) 9441 2677 Training@accessplus.org.au 64 Delamere Avenue Currambine WA 6028
Access Plus WADeaf - North Beach (08) 9441 2677 Training@accessplus.org.au 7a Kitchener Street North Beach WA 6020
Access Plus WADeaf - Wembley (08) 9441 2677 Training@accessplus.org.au 66 Constellation Drive Ocean Reef WA 6020
Access Plus WADeaf - Ocean Reef (08) 9441 2677 Training@accessplus.org.au 34 Dodd Street Wembley WA 6014
Auslan in the West firstname.lastname@example.org VIC
Auslan Connections 1300 010 877 email@example.com Level 4, 340 Albert Street East Melbourne VIC 3002
Deaf Connected, https://www.deafconnected.com.au/learn-auslan/
Melbourne polytechnic: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study/certificate-ii/auslan/
Diamond Valley Learning Centre: https://www.dvlc.org.au/courses/sign-language-for-beginners/
Deaf Children Australia: https://www.deafchildrenaustralia.org.au/what-we-do
Deaf Services - Auslan Connections (Interpreter Bookings) 1300 010 877 firstname.lastname@example.org
New South Wales
Deaf Society - Central Coast 1800 893 855 email@example.com 28 William Street Gosford NSW 2250