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Deaf Education in New Zealand

As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the New Zealand Government has a commitment to recognise the importance of New Zealand Sign language (NZSL) and to promote its use. The UNCRPD also recognises Deaf people’s rights to their specific cultural and linguistic identity, which includes sign language and Deaf culture.  

Deaf Aotearoa affirms that being allowed to develop their cultural and linguistic identities – especially in educational settings – is a key right of Deaf children. 

Deaf Seniors Survey

Deaf Aotearoa is doing a Deaf Senior Survey project to identify barriers faced by Deaf seniors aged 60 years old and over. This information will help plan for future services.

SURVEY DEADLINE: Friday, 31st May 2024

Upcoming events

Understanding Apprenticeships – ETCO Open House

ETCO Building PART 2: Come join us at ETCO's Open House for their apprenticeship program. There will be a presentation about their program, fun hands on activities If you are interested in training as an electrician come along and join in the workshop.

Free
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ETCO Building, 24a Allright Place Mt Wellington,
Auckland,
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Teapot Chimes Workshop

This workshop will teach you how to recycle, reuse, repurpose many things such as woods, kitchen stuff plus more. The workshop will also teach you how to plan, put together by using different home tools, hand tools, soldering gun, glue gun, drills etc. Also learn about how to keep your ... Read more

Free
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Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
Napier, New Zealand
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Dementia – New Plymouth

Learn about the changes of: The functions of the brain, how the brain works The warning signs of dementia How to reduce risks and look after your brain health Come visit Taranaki Alzheimer's new building, meet their staff and learn about their services and the support they can provide.

Free
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Alzheimers New Zealand – Taranaki, 14 Manakohi Street
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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2024 Access Centre – Hawera

We can provide: Opportunity to have a chat and to meet other Deaf people. Free information and support services Advice Translation support (e.g. support with reading letters and forms etc.) New ideas for ACE workshops Information about Deaf Aotearoa services Information about assistive equipment for Deaf/hard of hearing. presenters from ... Read more

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Hawera Library Plus, 46 High Street
Hawera, 4610
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2024 Access Centre – Stratford

We can provide: Opportunity to have a chat and to meet other Deaf people. Free information and support services Advice Translation support (e.g. support with reading letters and forms etc.) New ideas for ACE workshops Information about Deaf Aotearoa services Information about assistive equipment for Deaf/hard of hearing. presenters from ... Read more

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Driftwood Town house Sculptures

This workshop will teach you how to recycle, reuse, repurpose many things such as woods, kitchen stuff plus more. The workshop will also teach you how to plan, put together by using different home tools, hand tools, soldering gun, glue gun, drills etc. Also learn about how to keep your ... Read more

Free
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Hawkes Bay Deaf Club, 22 Lee Road, Taradale
Napier, New Zealand
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What we do

Deaf Aotearoa is a national organisation representing the voice of Deaf people, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand.  

Deaf Aotearoa also works closely with Deaf communities, government agencies and other organisations to increase awareness, promote New Zealand Sign Language and strengthen the rights of Deaf people.

Deaf Aotearoa is one of 133 ordinary members of the World Federation of the Deaf and is also the New Zealand representative.   

Information in Sign Language

The government has stated that a new and innovative approach is needed to meaningfully improve accessibility in New Zealand.

Here you will find some of the work from Government Agencies and Government Ministries in NZSL, as part of their commitment to ensuring that Disabled people have access to vital information.

Latest NZSL Translations

Our Services

Deaf Aotearoa delivers flexible and responsive services which accommodates the Deaf community’s needs. We provide knowledge, information, resources and skills. With these, Deaf people are able to independently manage events in their own lives.

Deaf Aotearoa works with government agencies, businesses and other organisations to provide information and resources on life for Deaf New Zealanders, the Deaf community and NZSL.

Deaf Aotearoa delivers key services to the Deaf community, in line with the objectives defined in the Strategic Direction.

These services are designed to ensure Deaf people can achieve their goals at any stage in life, from birth onwards.

Adults and Seniors

Hauora

Deaf Aotearoa’s Hauora* service is a nationwide service that understands and responds to Deaf and hard-of-hearing people’s needs.

The Hauora service offers:

  1. needs assessment and coordination
  2. applications for assistive equipment
  3. information and advice.

*Hauora is an holistic approach to health and wellbeing. It is a Māori concept that views wellbeing as a combination of physical health, emotional/mental health, being socially healthy, and being spiritually healthy.

Adults and Seniors

Employment

Deaf Aotearoa’s Employment service is a nationwide service focused on getting Deaf and hard-of-hearing people into successful employment.

It includes pre-employment support and in-work support for both the Deaf person and employers.

The Employment service offers support for:

  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing people to get a job
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing people to remain in their job
  • employers to understand more about employing Deaf people, including information on Deaf culture and funding for New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters in the workplace.

Children and Youth

First Signs

A nationwide Deaf Aotearoa service for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children aged 0-5, supporting families and whānau with:

  • Learning New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
  • Language development
  • Learning about being Deaf/hard-of-hearing in Aotearoa
  • Connecting with other families and Deaf role models.

First Signs brings NZSL into the home and family/whānau environments, making learning NZSL fun.

iSign Interpreting Service

iSign enables access and participation for Deaf people by providing professional and confidential New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreting services.

iSign is a nationwide service enabling effective communication between Deaf and hearing people.

iSign matches job requests with available and appropriate interpreters throughout New Zealand.

iSign contracts more than 80 qualified interpreters who are all members of their professional body, ensuring a confidential and professional service.

Funding is available to cover a wide range of interpreting service jobs.

iSign staff can advise on available sources of funding. Funding information is also available on the ‘How it Works/Who Pays?’ page of the iSign website.

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