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3 days ago
The Auslan Company
Were super proud of the connection we have with Melton Primary School. The kids are having so much fun learning Auslan and are even showing their families after school. 
Foundation A and B class made this cool Auslan Alphabet poster. Well done guys!

We're super proud of the connection we have with Melton Primary School. The kids are having so much fun learning Auslan and are even showing their families after school.

Foundation A and B class made this cool Auslan Alphabet poster. Well done guys!
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Briana Fay Close Clever idea!!

Kylie de Cerff-Toa

Wow! What a great idea and wonderful signing by the children!

Well done class. Looks great.

V is wrong hand βœ‹ way position but good effort

Buffy Harrison

Meredith Anne Olinowskyj

Andrea Justice for when we do the alphabet, we could put something like this together.

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1 week ago
The Auslan Company

I need your HELP please!!

The Auslan Company has been contacted by the paramedics, nurses and aged care workers largest training provider to create a series of healthcare videos in Auslan for frontline staff teaching Auslan, Deaf Awareness and communication strategies in situations where the patient or family member is Deaf or hard of hearing.

We are super excited to be part of an amazing project and will be meeting the training provider on Friday.

Myself and many deaf people and families have been both a patient of the hospital system or are deaf family members of a hearing person who has been attended to by paramedics or been in hospital.

I need your help to tell me the good and bad communication issues you have had (as a Deaf / HoH person) whether as patient or family member and tell me your story so l can create the training content that overcome issues you have had in the past.

The aim is to create videos that train paramedics, doctors, nurses, aged care workers to identify a deaf patient and how to overcome all communication issues in a traumatic situation and later in the hospital wards.

I want to hear your story. Can you help? Please email me at - learnauslanonline@gmail.com or post a video or comment on this page.

Thank you,
Darren
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Medical staff should not assume that just because staff can understand the deaf person (who may have a clear speaking voice) that the deaf person can understand staff in the same way. Some deaf people speak clearly but still need an interpreter to understand what is being said to them.

It might be worth contacting Auslan Journey - Interpreters , Courses & Educational Resources I think Gail may have some information in regards to hospital experiences

I’d love for them to have sets of visuals at Monash Children’s Hospital to show children what they’re about to do, take temperature, take blood pressure, medication time, I had to have resources and be an advocate constantly. Also having to tell people over and over again that my daughter couldn’t hear them, no she can’t lip read was exhausting.

Hope it's Ausmed

Darren is this part of our AV campaign?

I’m keen!!! That’s the main reason why I decided to study my degree (recently graduated)and now a Registered Nurse. I’m slowly trying to gain some experience..being Deaf/hard of hearing is challenging, however I’m fluent in Auslan..pls contact me if interested..I was in my final year of my University placement when covid began

I have moderate to severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, my first suggestion is, please put on the front of a deaf person's file that they are deaf, I sat in emergency for hours one night because noone was allowed in with me, I approached the admin staff to ask how much longer I had to wait only to be told they had called my name several times but I didn't answer, I wrote down that I am deaf so how am I suppose to hear my name being called. It's very frustrating for a deaf person πŸ₯Ί

Taking a hoh person to the hospital to check in and the staff talking to me and asking me the questions instead of the patient I was caring for. Super embarrassing for me and very disempowering for the patient.

I am deaf in one ear and severe loss in the other. I wear a hearing aid in the ear that (kind of) works. When in hospital I take the aid out, as all of the beeping and noise gets too much. I also have long (ish ) hair and will occasionally put my hearing aid back in but it can’t be seen because of my hair. I do it on purpose to hear what the staff are saying. I do it because when they think I cannot hear them, they are often standing next to me and talking about me (not in a good way). It has happened a few times. This really is not on, just because someone cannot hear you, doesn't mean you should be nasty about them. Maybe something to slip in there somehow? Also, when I end up in hospital, be it ER or ward, I tell them constantly that I am mostly deaf and am not wearing the hearing aid because of the beeping ect. They still don’t communicate this to others and every person will come in and stand behind me and start talking, which I only realize once they get annoyed and snap and I see them looking irritated. That and masks. I tell them I cannot hear and need to lip read, so they keep talking and don’t lower masks, it makes it so hard. Was this the kind of things you meant? If not, sorry about the long comment. If so, hope it helps 😊 and congrats on the big project!

Yes!!! As a nurse, I look forward to this, thank you!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

I am profoundly deaf bilaterally and wear hearing aids which only help if there is no background noise. I mostly rely on lip reading. My dr will remove his mask to speak to me, while keeping his distance. On the other hand most health care professionals think speaking louder helps. It doesn’t. I can’t understand people behind me. Please remove your mask, face me, speak clearly without covering your mouth or write the information down (pen and paper, type on phone, etc). Don’t assume I am fluent in Auslan. Having lost my hearing slowly over years, Auslan was not given as an option. And because I lost my hearing after acquiring speech, I don’t “sound deaf”. Listen to the patient or their family and communicate in the best way they understand. If that means organising an interpreter, do so promptly.

Hi Darren, no advice but can I would love to see this also shared to fire brigades! I know alot of people at our station have shown an interest in learning basic auslan and I would love to help you get this to the CFA.

Good luck with this πŸ‘

I would be of interest and share in private. If we could arrange a time to set up a video call. One of your colleagues had contacted me about this.

As a Coda: if the deaf person asks for an interpreter, book one immediately. Do NOT expect the patient’s family to interpret for them as this is unethical for medical staff and traumatic for the family. Book an interpreter immediately - it can take hours (or longer) to get an interpreter so if staff delay booking, it can mean a deaf patient waiting a lot longer for medical care than a hearing patient, leading to potentially serious health outcomes.

Assistance dog kicked out because youre not blind. Repeatedly. Assistance Animal Federation of Australia - AAFA is a good resource also for Deaf/HoH ADs

Monique Fynn this could be something of interest

CJ Rogers

Rob Jones

Colby Chapman you may be able to help?

Jodi Stewart

Gail Smith

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1 week ago
The Auslan Company

The Auslan Company is very slowly moving with the times! We have just posted our first video to Tiktok and Instagram (The Auslan Company) and on this l will be teaching some fun stuff Auslan aimed at the younger market as kids love Auslan LOTE.

So πŸ‘ check out the Welcome post and start following us and liking the daily Auslan posts l make each day πŸ˜€
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The children at Rangebank OSHC certainly loved learning Auslan with Darren.

Great idea!

3 weeks ago
The Auslan Company
Darrens new book, My Daddy Is Deaf, is flying off the shelves. We wanted to thank you so much for your support so weve decided to released the videos of Darren signing the book in FULL.
My Daddy Is Deaf (Youtube link) - https://youtu.be/4phu2C8Jl7I
If you would like to purchase your own copy of the book, email Darren at - learnauslanonline@gmail.com
It is $30 including postage.

Darren's new book, "My Daddy Is Deaf", is flying off the shelves. We wanted to thank you so much for your support so we've decided to released the videos of Darren signing the book in FULL.

My Daddy Is Deaf (Youtube link) - youtu.be/4phu2C8Jl7I

If you would like to purchase your own copy of the book, email Darren at - learnauslanonline@gmail.com

It is $30 including postage.
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Emily Morales

We love our copy. Well done Darren. My Mr 7 said mummy it’s great but you’re not a Daddy. I said no mate but the man who wrote this book is. His response ‘well that’s great, he’s a very smart Daddy’!

Congratulations Darren!! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³

How much are the books Darren? Plus shipping in Victoria?

I love my copy!! It is so wonderful to see it signed in Auslan!!

Thank you Darren we love your book.

How much please

Well done Darren

Mevlut Cet!!! For the boys

Rebecca Sarah Bec Larner Jodi Onge-Jacobson

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1 month ago
The Auslan Company
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An "oldie but a goodie", below is an example of d/Deaf gain from the TV show 'Switched at Birth'. The video is in ASL but is captioned.

My personal take is that I LOVE the peace and quiet my deafness brings me. Imagining the sound of the birds, the wind through the trees, the rain on the roof (anything really) allows me to create imaginary sounds that fills my songwriting and writing with imagination that transcends reality.

Have we really lost anything? What do you think?
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2 months ago
The Auslan Company
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Here's a sneak preview of Darren's new book, 'My Daddy is deaf'. When you buy the book we will send you the full signed video. To place your order email Darren at - learnauslanonline@gmail.com ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago
The Auslan Company
Another Auslan accessible event, this is TOMORROW at the Frankston Arts Centre from 10-2. There will be plenty of activities for the kids including face painting, animal farm, local market stalls and more! The second storytime session from 12-1 will have an interpreter on stage. 
This is a FREE event, however bookings are required. 
More details and a link to book tickets are in the post below

Another Auslan accessible event, this is TOMORROW at the Frankston Arts Centre from 10-2. There will be plenty of activities for the kids including face painting, animal farm, local market stalls and more! The second storytime session from 12-1 will have an interpreter on stage.

This is a FREE event, however bookings are required.

More details and a link to book tickets are in the post belowIf you're waiting for a sign to book your tickets to Party in the Park: Take 2, this is it! 😊
The countdown is on, there's only one sleep to go πŸŒ™βœ¨

Spread the word, and secure your FREE tickets here πŸ’• : bit.ly/PartyintheParkTake2

As an all inclusive event, Auslan interpreters will be on stage at the 12pm Storytime session πŸ“–πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§
There will be a big screen in the theatre broadcasting the Auslan interpreter from the stage. If you require seating closer to the stage please get in contact with the Frankston Arts Centre:

πŸ’»Email: artscentre@frankston.vic.gov.au
☎️Phone: 9784 1060
πŸ‘±β€β™‚οΈIn person: Between 11am-4pm

We can't wait to see you all there!

πŸ“… Date: Saturday 1 May
πŸ• Time: 10am - 2pm
πŸ“ Location: Frankston Arts Centre
🎟️ Tickets: FREE
ℹ️ Secure your tickets here: bit.ly/PartyintheParkTake2

For more information visit discoverfrankston.com

Image: Auslan Interpreter Sign

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Only just got this in my feed 😒 hope they had a wonderful turn out - sensational weather too

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