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Sign languages are used by people with hearing impairments, their families and those who educate and work with them. There are individual sign languages in many countries around the world.

Auslan, Australia Sign Language, is the official sign language used in Australia. It is similar to British and New Zealand Sign languages, but different from the English language in both structure and vocabulary forms. There is often variation in the language relating to both place and person [age and education]. Auslan also includes Fingerspelling.

Signed English was used for some time but is now considered undesirable. Sign Language has been used in Australia since at least the middle of the 19th century.

This page gives access to Auslan courses, dictionaries, grammar, vocabulary, tutorials, other resources and information.

A second section of the page provides links to other sign languages from around the world. These are only provided for your information.

Auslan Signbank

Dictionary, medical and health dictionary, grammar examples on video, videos of deaf people using Auslan, links to classes, information on the deaf community in Australia.
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Auslan

Auslan - Australian Sign Language

Auslan - What is it ?

  • All About …
    Auslan history from SignPlanet.
  • Auslan
    Recognition, status, history, Auslan in relation to English, variation, standardisation, written and recorded Auslan, further reading, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Australian Sign Language - Auslan
    About.com. A general introduction with several embedded links to resources and organisations.
  • History of Auslan
    Auslan Signbank article.
  • Sign Language - Auslan
    Better Health Channel, Victoria. Introduction, evolution, different elements, structure, learning, where to get help, more. Try here for More Information.
  • What is Auslan ?
    Background information, some further links.

Learning Auslan

Resources

  • Auslan Basics
    YouTube video. Links to others.
  • Auslan Fonts
    True Type fonts, activity sheets, cards, ideas.
  • Auslan Play Books
    ‘Twenty six “Colouring in Pages” including an Auslan Sign of the subject, its written description of how to do the sign and a black and white picture that the children can play with. The written text is in dot format and can be traced around to assist children in their writing’. Prompt Education. Fee-based. They also have other books being continually added to their stock and improvements made to existing books so keep checking back. Check the site as they have a new range of books available.
  • Auslan Resources
    Includes the Auslan Fonts link provided here, lesson plans and activities for Primary children, resources for VCE Auslan courses, links to other resources and Auslan information. Also check Deaf Read Auslan Resources for links to these.
  • Auslan Resources [2]
    This listing is from Kangan-Batman TAFE in Victoria, but products would be available from many sources. Scroll down to find the resources.
  • Auslan Resources [Brillkids]
    Part of a forum for Early Childhood years. Lists some Auslan Resources considered worthwhile.
  • Auslan Services
    ‘A leading provider of Auslan interpreters’. Information on Auslan and Auslan training.
  • Australian Baby Hands
    ‘Using AUSLAN based sign language your baby can tell you what they want when they want it’. Information for parents, products, classes, more.
  • Aussie Deaf Kids
    Covers a wider area than this, but some aspects, especially relating to schooling would be of value.
  • Bilby Publishing
    Annotated links to sign language materials, including an Auslan Course at Home and an Auslan Dictionary, that is fee-based.
  • Facebook Entries
    3 entries at time of inclusion.
    You have to be able to log in to Facebook to access this site.
  • Key Word Sign Australia - The Change from Makaton
    All details provided. Access Key Signs : A Supplementary Vocabulary - Auslan Edition CD-ROM and Key Word Sign Footy Book [Australian Football] from this page.
  • RIDBC Auslan Tutor
    ‘Portable video-based Australian Sign Language [Auslan] teaching resource developed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch’. Only works with these. All details from the site.
  • SignPlanet
    Kids & Carers, Teachers & Trainers, Baby Sign, Classes, about. A huge site. One sample is the Adults Desk where you can take a tour. Extensive material, resources and ideas.
  • The Auslan Shop
    DVDs to books, multimedia to novelty items, courses to games.
  • The Auslan Tuition System
    The final product was never developed but you can still access the trial version. There are also several movies in .avi format available.

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Other Sign Languages

Other Information

  • Baby Sign Language
    ‘Baby sign language is a great way to help you communicate with your pre-verbal baby. Baby sign language helps babies that are ready to communicate, but can’t talk bridge the gap to full speech’. Basics, dictionary, flash cards, blog, more.
  • Braille
    US based links leading to information. Also check the Braille Literacy Resources page, with sections for adults, parents, teachers, plus more.
  • Deaf Culture and Sign Languages of the Global Village
    ‘Deaf communities are extremely tightly-knit worlds. Sign language can be efficient and people who come from different regions of the world are able to communicate using signs. Information on sign languages, links to informative sites, providing a window into deaf culture’.
  • Handspeak
    Use hand signs to talk to each other. More than 3 000 signs.

Other Sign Languages

American Sign Language

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