Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf Community in Australia. Sign language is a visual spatial language which uses hand shapes and movements as well as facial expressions and body language.
Auslan is not English "translated" into signs. It has its own vocabulary and grammar that is different from that of spoken languages. Learning Auslan not only allows the learner converse with deaf people, but also to become aware of an important but often overlooked part of Australian culture.
The ability to communicate with people who are Deaf and or hard with hearing can be helpful in teaching, child care, community welfare, public service and health positions.
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