National Week of Deaf People 2021

NWDP

National Week of Deaf People Theme:
Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities
20-26 September 2021

International Day of Sign Languages Theme:
We Sign for Human Rights
23 September 2021 

WHAT IS NATIONAL WEEK OF DEAF PEOPLE?

The National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is a week-long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Australian Deaf community, which includes celebrating the International Week of Deaf People (IWDP) and International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) which are initiatives of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). These two events are traditionally held during September and are based on the founding date of the WFD (23 September 1951). is an opportunity for Deaf people to celebrate their communities, language, culture and history; make the public aware of their local, state and national Deaf communities; and to recognise their achievements

It is also an opportunity for organisations involved with or wishing to be involved with the Deaf Community to build and maintain relationships with Deaf people and be recognised as an ally to the Deaf community

NWDP THEME FOR 2021

Deaf Australia has chosen the same theme as the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) International Week of Deaf People for 2021:

‘Celebrating thriving Deaf Communities’

We encourage you to use the NWDP theme when considering your event for NWDP. We would like to see as many events as possible partaking in the NWDP and personal achievements recognised this year.


NWDP EVENTS CALENDAR


Flow Festival Australia

FLOW festival will deliver a vibrant and unique festival of Deaf Arts by the Australian Deaf Community from 18th to 21st September 2021 online. It will showcase Auslan, Australian Sign Language through many different artistic forms. Auslan storytelling, Deaf Slam Poetry, dance, theatre, short films screening, children’s art activities, workshops, artists talk, Deaf indigenous storytelling/art workshops, Queer Arts and Deafblind Arts are some of exciting art events planned by FLOWFestival 2021. Visit the website for more information


Chat with a Coordinator – Auslan Q&A by Brotherhood of St. Laurence

Join the Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) for an NDIS information session and Q&A in Auslan. It will be on Monday, 20 September 2021 at 6.00pm – 7.00pm.

In this live Zoom session, staff from BSL’s NDIS team will provide an overview of the NDIS and answer your questions. Register on Eventbrite here. Visit the website for more information.


NWDP Panel Event by Expression Australia

The Panel Event will be on Monday 20 September 2021, 12.00pm – 1.00pm on Zoom. We will be inviting 4 diverse Deaf individuals to be part of our NWDP 2021 Panelist event. You will find us discussing two themes More than Auslan and Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities. 

Our Panel event is ticketed with 100% of all money raised through sales going back into the Deaf community. 


Sustainable Deaf Leadership – Panel Discussion by Deaf Services and the Deaf Society

The Panel Event will be on Tuesday 21 September 2021, 2.45pm – 3.30pm on Zoom & Facebook. Deaf Services and The Deaf Society Executive team discuss Sustainable Deaf Leadership. To watch and ask questions, go to the facebook event or watch on Zoom.

Zoom Webinar Detail: 
Passcode: 151322 


Family Get Together by Deaf Services – Hear For Kids

The event will be held at Rossiter Park, Kimball St, Aitkenvale QLD on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

Chat to other parents and build connections while your children enjoy fun, play-based activities supported by Speech Language Pathologists. All families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing children welcome! BYO drinks and snacks. 


The University of Sydney’s Deaf Communities: thriving cultures and languages

The event will be on Wednesday 22 September 2021, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Join our panel discussion to learn more about the Deaf community, their cultures and languages. Our diverse panel will reflect on their lived experience, alongside those researching and working closely with Deaf communities. We will discuss key issues facing the Deaf community, current research and inclusive behaviours and practices.


NWDP Guest Blog – The Dignity Project by The Hopkins Centre

Blog article and open discussion about Dignity for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. It will be on Wednesday, 22 September 2021. Visit the website for more information.


Entry Level Auslan Workshop by Volunteering North Queensland

The workshop will be on Thursday 23 September 2021, 9.15am – 11.45am. Thanks to a TCC Community Training Initiative, VNQ presents Entry Level Auslan facilitated by Deaf Services. 

This is a FREE workshop to our local community organisation volunteers, representatives and advocates to help build and maintain relationships with Deaf people and promote and encourage inclusion. Book your spot/s below and share event with your network.


Deaf Awareness Training by GMCT 

The workshop will be on Thursday 23 September 2021, 1pm (TBC).  

Session coordinated for workplace – The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) in Victoria to cover foundation topics: 

  • Deaf culture and community 
  • Language and communication strategies 
  • Appropriate terminology 
  • How to communicate in the workplace with people who are Deaf or hard of hearing 
  • Issues and barriers faced 
  • Working with interpreters

Parliament presents: Culture and community by Parliament of Victoria

The event will be on Thursday 23 September 2021, 5.30pm – 6.30pm on Facebook Live Event (Online)

In this special online event our expert guests will discuss the ways we can showcase the rich history of the use of Indigenous sign language, while examining the intersection with Auslan and the use of sign as language in Aboriginal culture. 


Trivia Night by Expression Australia

The Trivia Night will be on Thursday 23 September 2021, 6.30pm – 7.30pm on Zoom.

We are hosting a Trivia night event to celebrate NWDP. We will be using Kahoot! with all exciting questions relating to Deaf culture, community and language. Do you think you will win it? 

Our Trivia Night is a ticketed event with 100% of all money raised through sales going back into the Deaf community. Visit the website for more information.


Deaf Can Do’s Night Deaf

The event will be on Friday 24 September 2021, 6.30pm

A unique, ‘Auslan only’ event that allows members of the Deaf Community to share stories, jokes and visual games. 

Please email info@deafcando.com.au


Art Gallery of New South Wales’s Online Auslan Experience: Archie 100 

Presenter Todd Wright explores Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize on Sun 26 Sept 2021, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 

A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Archibald Prize. The exhibition reflects how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed while unearthing fascinating stories. 

This experience will be delivered in Auslan and interpreted into English. 


Deaf Services and the Deaf Society are celebrating with a range of panels and events


NWDP Classroom Resources Pack for teachers by My Auslan

Do you teach Auslan classes in primary or secondary school? Or are you any teacher looking for new and different social studies topics to explore with your classes? Want to use the National Week of Deaf People and International Day of Sign Languages to help your students understand some of the social and cultural context behind Auslan and the Deaf Community? Need some resources to help but can’t find anything? 

Well this downloadable pack is the solution to your problem. 

This pack is bursting with useful background information, fact sheets, activity ideas and worksheets. 

You will find a wide range of activities to choose from, with suitability ranging from early primary (eg colouring sheets), to mid-secondary (eg debating topics). 

Buy now and download immediately on payment below:


Deaf Deaf World by Miami State High School

Classes to experience what it is like in a Deaf Deaf World using Auslan only, experience being ‘deaf’ with DHH students leading the activities. It will be during the school hours.  


Dot Shaw Young Writers Competition

The competition will be closed on 17 October 2021. Visit the website for more information


Deaf Children Australia Arts Competition

The competition will be closed on 18 October 2021. Visit the website for more information