New Zealand Sign language for businesses, service providers and organisations
ADS provides unique Deaf awareness training for organisations, including effective communication strategies to bridge the gap between Deaf clients, service users, colleagues and hearing staff.
Deaf Awareness workshops
The Auckland Deaf Society (ADS) began in 1937, and since then has been a welcoming space for the Deaf/NZSL community. The Society celebrates diversity, welcoming people at all stages of life, and all ethnicities. Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing people come together to create connections and inclusion for the Deaf Community of Auckland. ADS promote NZ Sign Language (NZSL), an official language of NZ, and Deaf Culture.
Our Deaf awareness workshops include the history of NZ’s Deaf community, Deaf education, Deaf Culture, and effective communication with Deaf people. A good understanding of Deaf Culture and our community is paramount to developing meaningful communication with Deaf people, and to avoid cross-cultural conflicts. A lack of knowledge about Deaf Culture and language often leads to a misunderstanding between Deaf and hearing people. Our courses are delivered by our friendly staff who are Deaf themselves, using a qualified interpreter if required.
Our objective is to make Auckland the most Deaf-friendly city in the world, and it seems our reputation has spread far and wide around Auckland.
Deaf culture is the heart of Deaf communities around New Zealand. Auckland’s Deaf community is a cultural group which shares a language and a common heritage. The Auckland Deaf community, therefore, identify themselves as members of a cultural and linguistic group. Identification with the Deaf community is a personal choice. It is usually made independent of the individual’s hearing status, and the community is not automatically composed of all people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Above all, members of the Auckland Deaf community are immensely proud to have a strong sense of pride and identity as a Deaf person using NZSL.
Contact the Auckland Deaf Society for guidance on course options, costings and the booking process. We will discuss any requirements that you/your organisation, company or group wish to include in your programme. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.