ABC News – Auslan Takes Off In The Regions

But, the shortage is so severe
in Regional South Australia, that one family has decided to
start running it’s own lessons. Brittany Evans has more. When Bronwyn Warland’s son, Lakota,
was born with a disability that prevented him speaking, she feared they would never
be able to communicate. Now, 14 years on, the pair understand each other via Auslan. However, it can be lonely, given so few others in Port Lincoln
can use the sign language. To live in a country town
and speaking Auslan would be like an English speaking person
living in Japan and no one speaks English. A, B… So, Miss Warland is offering free Auslan
classes to the Port Lincoln community, to encourage more people
to learn the language. A definite need in the community. Lots of people had spoken to me
over many years, saying how they would love to learn it. The lack of services and interpreters
is a nationwide issue. Yes. So, we’re definitely experiencing
a shortage in South Australia. Without interpreters, the Deaf community can’t really
access the wider mainstream communities. So, they definitely play a big role
in our community. Since the introduction of Auslan
into the Australian Curriculum in 2016, the number of public schools teaching
the subject has dramatically increased, to include about 10 regional schools
across South Australia. The earlier children learn Auslan
and understand the language. We’re gonna see more people
participating in the community and want to be, you know,
learning Auslan as a language. How old are you? That’s how we ask… Primary students at Loxton North
learning Auslan this term, say it’s helped them understand
the community around them and the importance of communication. Having an actual conversation with somebody
who actually needs to… like…speak with Auslan. A skill hoped to create a more inclusive
Australia and new career opportunities. Brittany Evans, ABC News. Now for a look at what’s making news
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Steve Carey.