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What is Auslan?
Auslan IS the language used by the Deaf community of Australia.
Auslan is abbreviated as Australian Sign Language. It is the uniquely visual language widely used in the Australian Deaf community.
Auslan conveys meaning through the use of handshapes, movement and location in space in conjunction with facial expressions and the use of fingerspelling.
It has its own vocabulary and grammar and does not correspond to English - spoken or signed. [ » More information about Auslan ]
Auslan Endorsement System
Many materials are being published that claim to use and/or teach Auslan, many by people who are not native users of the language, and some of these materials use Auslan incorrectly.
This is cause for concern to Deaf Australia. Deaf Australia has now developed the » Auslan Endorsement System, which tests materials and if they meet the criteria, they will be endorsed by Deaf Australia.
The Auslan Shop
The Auslan Shop is now open at » www.auslanshop.com.au
The Auslan Shop sells materials in Auslan and about Auslan, Deaf culture, Deaf history, interpreting, education, etc.
All Auslan materials for sale are approved first by Deaf Australia's Auslan Endorsement System. If you buy it in Auslan from The Auslan Shop you can be sure it is Auslan!
World Federation of the Deaf
WFD was established in 1951 in Rome, Italy.
» WFD is an international, non-governmental central organisation of national associations of Deaf people, with a current membership of associations in 127 countries worldwide.
Associate members, international members and individual members also make up WFD’s membership base.
Deaf Australia is the Australian member of the WFD.