THE Mildura campus of SuniTAFE has introduced the teaching of Australian sign language (Auslan), which is used by people with hearing impairments in Sunraysia.
Auslan uses a combination of hand shapes, facial expressions and the orientation and movements of hands, arms and body to communicate.
After the success of the introductory Auslan course in August, a further “fee for service” intermediate short course will start in October.
SuniTAFE identified a need in the community and developed the two-hours-a-week, six-week course, which can provide a pathway into more in-depth courses.
SuniTAFE senior manager, education innovation Charmaine Langley said these courses will offer opportunities to attract funding.
“This would make the program more affordable for the Sunraysia community,” she said. “The courses will be provided through a partnership arrangement with another registered training organisation.
“It is a really important opportunity to improve communication with and understanding of the deaf community.
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