Greater Auslan access for students in regional areas
Access Training & Education* is leading the way in sign language education delivering its first accredited course remotely via video conferencing technology to students in Mackay.
The 22075VIC Certificate II in Auslan course is available to students with no prior knowledge of Auslan and is the beginning of the education pathway in the study of Auslan, culminating in the 22081 Diploma of Auslan.
Education Manager, Michelle Stark says ‘the demand for Australian Sign Language (Auslan) education is not just an issue in capital cities but is state wide. The lack of interpreter access means that we need to ensure we are upskilling people to be able to support the access needs of Deaf community members regardless of where they reside.’
‘There are 12 students currently enrolled in the Mackay course which is taught through video conferencing by a Deaf teacher from our office in Brisbane two nights a week.’
‘Students also have access to a local Auslan tutor providing support to students during the class and - and provides ‘on the ground’ feedback and modelling and works collaboratively with the teacher in Brisbane,’ Ms. Stark says.
Current student, Kylie Denning is a teacher aide and was inspired to learn Auslan after feeling frustrated by the lack of access for a Deaf child at her school.
‘If their interpreter is unavailable or sick then the child can be left with no way to communicate.’
Kylie says, ‘I’ve been waiting a long time for this course … I would like to continue all the way through to the Diploma of Auslan’.
My ultimate goal is to become an Educational Interpreter and provide language and education support to students at my school,’ Ms. Denning says.
‘Both the teacher and the Auslan tutor are great, they make every class fun and I learn as much as I would if the teacher was in the classroom’.
The Deaf Services and Access Training & Education teams have been working hard to ensure technical and connection issues are addressed quickly and that the students have a positive learning experience.
‘The success of this innovative delivery will enhance opportunities for Auslan students and increase access for Deaf people in regional and remote areas’ Ms. Stark says.
‘The Mackay students are continuing through the Auslan pathway and have started the Certificate III in Auslan. We will be delivering the Certificate II in Auslan to students in Bundaberg starting in July this year and we are excited to be actively working to address the shortage of suitable qualified and skilled Auslan users in regional areas.’
For more information about the courses available through Access Training & Education please visit the website at www.accesstraining.edu.au
Deaf Services established registered training organisation Access Training & Education to provide accredited training courses in Auslan, Interpreting and Individual Support. Qualifications received through Access Training & Education are nationally recognised by employers and other educational facilities.
*Access Training & Education (RTO Provider #41192)