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2022 Deaf Census Report Now Available!


Hello Australian Deaf Community,

My name is Gab Hodge, I'm Deaf and work as a researcher. I want to give you a summary update about Deaf Australia's 2022 Deaf Census.

Maybe you remember two years ago Deaf Australia released an online survey? This was the 2022 Deaf Census. Our aim was to collect information about who uses Auslan and other sign languages in Australia.

Deaf Census had different questions asking about who you are, where you live, your age, gender, sexuality, and cultural background. We also asked about your experiences of barriers and/or access at school, work, hospital, GP, Centrelink, and NDIS, plus many other questions.

Deaf Australia received over 1200 responses to the 2022 Deaf Census. This included about 850 responses from Deaf, Deafblind, Deaf disabled, and hard of hearing people. This is a really good result. It is important because Deaf Australia is responsible for advocacy, and strong numbers will support this advocacy.

Deaf Australia is excited to announce that the final summary report of the 2022 Deaf Census is now published and available online. You can download the 200 page report with many graphs, tables, and other information.

Soon there will be different Auslan videos available on different topics from the Deaf Census. This means you don't need to read the Deaf Census report. You can watch the videos in Auslan and learn about it that way.

We will also have infographics that pull out important information from the Deaf Census and display in visual format. You will be able to use these infographics for your own advocacy too.

During National Week of Deaf People in September, we will also host an online event for the Deaf community, where you will be able to learn and discuss about the Deaf Census in more detail.

The Deaf Australia team would like to thank everyone who was involved in the 2022 Deaf Census. Thank you to all who completed the Census and everyone who encouraged others to complete it too. It is really important work. Thank you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch.

Visual description

Video: Gab Hodge is sitting against a plain white background and wearing a dark red turtleneck jumper. She is signing towards the camera in a professional and friendly manner and smiling.

Researcher information slide: The image shows the "Deaf Australia 2022 Deaf Census Project Team" with four smiling members: Dr. Gabrielle Hodge, Independent Researcher; Mx Jen Blyth, CEO of Deaf Australia; Mx Lee Murray and Ms Darlene Thornton, both Project Officers.

Deaf Australia information closing slide: Graphic features white Deaf Australia logo on a green and blue gradient background. Text reads “Deaf Australia is a Deaf-leg advocacy and information organisation in Australia representing all Deaf, Deafblind, and hard-of-hearing people and others who use Auslan (Australian Sign Language) as their language of preference. Contact us: [email icon] [email protected], [website icon], [Instagram and Twitter icons] @deafaustralia, [Facebook icon] DeafAustraliaInc”

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