WISE Celebrates The National Week of Deaf People

WISE is proud to celebrate the National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) which ran from Saturday, 19 to Friday, 25 September 2020. This year’s theme focused on reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights.

The theme this year aims to celebrate the Auslan as a language, the Deaf culture and history, along with promoting the Deaf communities’ achievements. Whether it is equal access to information or an interpreter at community events, NWPD also advocates for Deaf people to be given a fair go.

One in six Australians’ are affected by hearing loss. Thirty thousand of these Australians live with total hearing loss and rely on Auslan to communicate every day (Australian Network on Disability). To encourage inclusion and diversity in the community, WISE worked with South Australian Employment Consultant, Naomi, to create five short videos on common Auslan phrases. The videos were shared across WISE social media channels during the week, encouraging everyone to learn Auslan and get involved this NWDP.

You can learn Auslan with Naomi, below.


We started the week with the basics. Hello, how are you? And the different responses. Learn how to communicate your feelings in Auslan with the video below.

Introducing Family:

On Tuesday, we expanded our Auslan knowledge, learning how to introduce our mother, father, brother and sister.

The significance of The National Week of Deaf People:

On Wednesday, we took a break from learning Auslan with Naomi to look into this year’s theme: ‘Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights’. See what this means to Naomi in the following video.


Do you like hiking or going to the movies? Thursday’s Auslan with Naomi highlighted hobbies and how to ask others about theirs.

Weekend Plans:

We finished off the week learning how to sign our weekend plans. Learn these common weekend plans in the video below!


It’s never to late to learn Auslan! Over 200,000 Australian’s use the unique language everyday, creating a diverse and inclusive community not just for those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, but for everyone.



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