behind the scenes
When I was 4, as we walked down the mall at Campbelltown (somewhere in NSW), I asked my mum why people at the shops were sad and ignoring each other.
Her answer shocked me.
She replied that they were not sad, and that they do talk to each other, just not the same way as we do.
That was when I realised that actually my family is quite different to the general. You see, as we use sign language to talk to each other all the time. And that we are quite rare in that there are not many families with deaf parents and deaf children.
Did Ya Know?
There are two groups of signers in Australia – deaf and non-deaf (or hearing) and both can be native or not.
Why would You want to learn Auslan?
You’d look cool, able to converse with a deaf signer – on street, at workplace, or at a party!
You can sign through glass, under the water, over the distance and video chat without using your voice.
I know, mind blowing!
Careers & Auslan
You could be working with deaf adults or children in various settings.
Teacher, interpreter, support worker, speech pathologist, nurse, and many more…
Me in a nutshell
Hi, I'm Darlene
A proud Deaf bilingual native Auslan user (quite a mouthful, eh?), a mother to 4 non-deaf human kids and a large collection of furry & feathery kids.
A bibliophile and a writer.
Taught Auslan for over 30 years to people from 0 to 99 (yes, I like Lego).
Degrees in Linguistics, Education, and Family History (I know – I am a geek!).
A hunter and collector of both dead and living deaf people in Australia. Fun fact – I have over 15 deaf relatives in my family, spanning 4 generations.