Youth Services

Deaf Aotearoa’s Youth service develops the potential of Deaf and hard-of-hearing youth as individuals and as a group, by providing:

  • a transition programme to guide young people into work or study
  • a youth intern programme
  • activities to develop strong Deaf identities and leadership skills.

NZSL in schools – Youth Project

Zoe Ferguson and Cory Myatt were employed as NZSL interns at the Office for Disability Issues in 2020.   As part of the youth project, they were asked to share how the use of NZSL has shaped their identity and experiences at school.

Five Ways to Wellbeing Resources:

Tertiary Education Experience in NZ:

The Deaf Toolbox

Where to learn NZSL? 
There are lots of ways you can learn New Zealand Sign Language…

Check out:

Sign with your baby
This website is for parents, whānau, friends and teachers who want to start learning New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) to communicate with babies and toddlers. It shows the first signs and skills needed to communicate with children between 0 and 3 years old.
Learn NZSL is a free learning portal on New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). NZSL is the language of New Zealand’s Deaf community and an official language of New Zealand. Whether you’re studying NZSL, trying to connect with a Deaf friend, or just having fun with a new language, Learn NZSL has a lot to offer!
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