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Introduction

What is Auslan Day?

Deaf Australia and the Deaf community want to make 13th April a permanent official celebration fixture on the Deaf Community’s calendar, and we’d like to call it “Auslan Day”. 
 

The 13th of April 1989 was when the first Auslan (Australian Sign Language) dictionary was published. Previously Auslan was known as sign language. This publication officially gave our community a name for our language, and Auslan was then recognised as a community language in Australia in 1991. Auslan Day is a great way to celebrate this. 

It is intended to be a great platform for Auslan users to proudly promote Auslan as our native and preferred language for Deaf people, as well as recognising the culture and history of the Deaf community.

Deaf Australia is encouraging members of the Deaf community to use the logo provided by us for all events planned that celebrate Auslan Day. 

This will promote and increase awareness of Auslan and its community of users to the broader Australian community. It will also create momentum in pushing for Auslan to be formally recognised as an official minority language in Australia.

Auslan Day 2024 Flyers

Download the Auslan Day 2024 Assets

Auslan Day Logo in Colour

Auslan Day Logo in Black

Auslan Day Logo in White

Auslan Day Square
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Auslan Day Colouring Page

Auslan Day Colouring Page Activity (Printable PDF)

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What is Auslan Day?
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2024 Video Competition Information

Organise your own Auslan Day Fete or Fair!

Transcript

Deaf Australia encourages communities or deaf-led business or organisations at the local and state levels to coordinate and host an event for all members of the deaf community to attend and celebrate the Auslan day.

Host an event on Auslan Day which is on 13th April 2023.

This event can include fairs, expos, or markets; it's more of a fun, family-friendly day!

Consider a day filled with fun and games, including face painting, exciting activities for kids and adults. Have a BBQ sizzles.

It could be an open invitation, welcoming those who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or simply curious about experiencing the vibrancy of Auslan and Deaf culture.

It could be free or as determined by the host organisers.

All creative ideas are welcome. There are no strict rules to follow, as long as you can incorporate our Auslan Day 2024 logo for social media promotion.

We are looking forward to see what you could organise something special for Auslan Day!

Deaf Australia encourages communities or deaf-led business or organisations at the local and state levels to coordinate and host an event for all members of the deaf community to attend and enjoy! It could take the form of an Auslan Day Fete or Fair.

Deaf Australia is currently in the process of organising virtual events that anyone can participate in. Keep an eye in the coming weeks.

Here are some example ideas or guidance for organising such an event:

  • Join us for a day of joy and celebration at the Auslan Day Fete or Fair on Saturday, April 13, 2023.
  • Highlights: This event differs from major festivals, expos or markets; it’s more of a fun, family-friendly day!
  • Consider a day filled with fun and games—bring the whole family for laughter with carnival games, face painting, and exciting activities for kids and adults. Have a BBQ sizzles.
  • Who Can Attend: This event is open to everyone! Whether you’re Deaf, hard of hearing, or simply curious about experiencing the vibrancy of Auslan and Deaf culture, join us for a day of fun, connection, and celebration.
  • Cost: Free or as determined by the host organisers.

All creative ideas are welcome. There are no strict rules to follow, as long as you can incorporate our Auslan Day 2024 logo for social media promotion.

See 2024 Auslan Day Community Events

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