Deaf Aotearoa is excited to announce the 6th New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week happening 30 April - 6 May 2012
As part of the week’s activities Deaf Aotearoa will again be organising FREE taster classes throughout the country!
NZSL Week is a chance for Deaf New Zealanders to ‘put their hands up’ - a chance to be ‘heard
Each May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week - a celebration of one of the country’s official languages.
Deaf Aotearoa is the national association of the Deaf in New Zealand. The organisation promotes the awareness of, access to and advancement of NZSL – to help strengthen the rights of Deaf people and their confidence and ensure they are an active part of society.
NZSL is the natural language of the Deaf community in New Zealand; as such it reflects the country’s culture and includes signs for Maori terminology and concepts that are unique to New Zealand. As an official New Zealand language, NZSL is used daily by more than 24,000 New Zealanders.
NZSL Week helps us to promote the language as well as raise awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community and the issues/challenges its members face each day. The week is a chance for the Deaf Community to stand proud as Deaf, and promote their language and culture. It is also a chance to break down barriers, fears and misconceptions.
One of the ways we promote NZSL and Deaf culture during the week is by offering free “taster” sign language classes to businesses, organisations and community groups. We also hold free public sessions in libraries and community centres throughout the country.
These “taster” classes are extremely popular and we always receive excellent feedback from participants about the content and the skill of the Deaf tutors who take the classes.
Early registrations open now
The number of FREE taster classes is limited so reserve your class now and don’t miss out!
If you would like to register your interest in having a NZSL Week taster class at your business or group please complete the form attached and we will be in touch.