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Deaf Australia is seeking a new Executive Officer

The Board of Deaf Australia now needs a leader from the Deaf community to continue the strong legacy that Karen Lloyd has built over the last 13 years, and to take the organisation forward into the exciting future - which will include a lot of opportunities for change under the National Disability Strategy and NDIS from the Federal government, and under the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The job advertisement includes the Position Description, Essential / Desired Criteria and additional details for the role of Executive Officer.
Applications clearly addressing the selection criteria should be sent to the President by 5.00pm ADST, Friday 31 January 2014.
Deaf Australia Executive Officer position description document.
Posted on 09th January 2014

Call for Expressions of Interest - Captioning Working Group
Independent individual representatives on a new Captioning Working Group
Deaf Australia is setting up a new Captioning Working Group. We are calling for Expressions of Interest for 2 independent community representatives to join the Working Group. Please see the Expressions of Interest document and the Terms of Reference and send your EOI to karen.lloyd@deafau.org.au by 26th April 2013
Call for Expressions of Interest - Captioning Working group.
Terms of Reference Captioning Working Group document.
Posted on 25th March 2013

Win an iPad Mini!

Deaf Australia is undertaking a national survey on mobile phone usage by deaf people. We hope to identify the top 10 issues and make recommendations to Australian Communication Consumers Action Network for further action.
The survey contains two parts:
1. Demographic: helping us to understand more about the deaf community in their current situation; and
2. Survey on mobile phones and your usage.

Most of the questions in the survey are translated into Auslan. Please click here: to begin the survey, it may take up to 15 minutes of your time. The survey closes on 31 March 2013.
Your input is important for our continuing work in advocating for deaf people in Australia.
Complete the Mobile Phone Survey!
Posted on 21 February 2013

4Senses is on again on 9th February 2013 at the Bridge club!
4Senses is on again on 9th February 2013 at the Bridge club! Four live bands, Auslan interpreters, visual art, good vibrations! Interpreter Mikey Webb, who was a smash hit at 4Senses 2012 will interpret again, along with the fabulous Maree Madden.
Get your tickets now see the poster. Tickets only $20 plus booking fee or $30 at the door.
Download a 4Senses at the Bridge Club flyer!
Posted on 06 January 2013

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 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.


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