With the kind support of the Cochlear Macquarie University Partnership, the Australian Hearing Hub and Children’s Services at Macquarie University, a two-hour Deaf Awareness Training session was held at Macquarie University Campus on Tuesday 4 September. The course is part of a range of services The Deaf Society offers to increase awareness and provide specialist services for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people and their families.
Outcomes from program included:
- Learn how to communicate in a culturally appropriate and sensitive way using your clients preferred visual communication style.
- Demonstrate culturally appropriate ways of interacting (eye contact, turn taking, gaining attention).
- Begin learning and building a visual vocabulary related to daily life.
- Engage in simple exchanges in Auslan or visual communication.
- Giving and following simple instructions using visual communication.
Some of the areas covered in the training were:
- What is the difference between deaf and hard of hearing people?
- What are the different communication methods used by deaf people?
- What is Auslan (Australian Sign Language)?