May 28, 2018
Issue 6 2018

Sign Language Week on Campus

Albany Students Association (ASA) held a competition to promote sign-language on campus during national sign-language week.

As part of the competition, the association gave away chocolate bars for students who engaged in signing.

Albany Students Association President Jason Woodroofe says it was really important for ASA to get involved with sign-language week.”

Massive communicated with organisation Deaf Aotearoa who explained that New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week is utilised to raise awareness of New Zealand’s deaf community and to provide a platform for deaf people to proudly promote their language and culture.

Each May, Deaf Aotearoa runs New Zealand Sign Language Week, celebrating one of New Zealand’s official languages. NZSL is the natural language of deaf New Zealanders and is used daily by more than 20,000 Kiwis.

In communication with Massive, deaf student Max says it’s really good to see people getting engaged with signing.

“Communication is something people take for granted, and when you have challenges whether hearing or sight, it can really make things difficult. I hope people get a better understanding of those challenges this week and hopefully they will feel more confident in learning and using sign language,” says Max.