This page features a range of activities around Melbourne that support children who use Auslan. If you know of any events you would like to feature here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with us via the contact page.
Auslan for Families Classes
Auslan for Families enables families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing to access Auslan classes as a group. It combines play and Auslan practice with structured classes and allows families to meet others and make new friends! Cost is $100 per family per semester.
Venue: Fenton Hall, Deaf Children Australia, 597 St Kilda Rd Melbourne. Enter DCA car park from High Street. Fenton Hall is next to the car park and Tradeblock Café.
Course Coordinator: Greg Frost
These classes are proudly supported by Deaf Children Australia.
Auslan Interpreted Swimming Lessons
Northcote: Northcote Aquatic Centre is now offering swimming classes for deaf and hard of hearing children. Taught by qualified instructors who are fluent in Auslan, lessons run for half an hour every week over a 40-week year and are available in 1:4 or 1:1 classes, as seen in The Age newspaper. For more information, or to register your interest, please email email@example.com or telephone 03 9486 7200.
Glen Iris: Deaf swimming teacher Sam Greatorex is teaching swimming lessons on Sunday Mornings at Harold Holt Swim Centre. Sam is an ex National level swimmer and has represented Australia at the Deaf World Swimming Champs in Texas. Please contact the Harold Holt Swim Centre (contact details available on City of Stonnington website) to register your interest in Auslan-friendly classes.
Casey Race: In Melbourne’s south-east, Casey RACE in Cranbourne now offers classes in Auslan taught by accredited teacher Kelly Sparks. To find out more, see the Casey RACE website or phone 5990 8600 to express your interest.
If you know of any other Auslan-friendly swimming lessons in Victoria to add to this list, please get in touch!
Auslan Story Time Sessions
Auslan Storytime is offered in several libraries across Melbourne and Geelong, and at Glebe Library in NSW.
Bentleigh Library: Auslan story time runs on the third Thursday of the month at 11 AM. Find out more and see upcoming dates on the Glen Eira Libraries website.
Cheltenham Library: Auslan story time runs each second Friday at 11 AM. If you can’t attend, the story time is streamed each week and can be watched here!
Croydon Library: Auslan Story Time sessions are held on the first Friday of the month from 11 AM, running from February to November. For upcoming dates, see the library website.
Rosanna Library: For more information, see the library website for contact details.
Waurn Ponds Library (Geelong): Sing and Sign Time features a spoken English story interpreted into Auslan for deaf and hard of hearing children! See upcoming dates on the Geelong Regional Libraries website.
Sydney (Glebe Library): Join City of Sydney Library’s weekly storytime at Glebe Library in Auslan and English, presented by library staff and the Deaf Society. Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers that fosters an early love of reading and social interaction in readiness for school.
This session is suitable for deaf and hearing children, ages 3 to 5 years. Sessions run from 2pm-2.45pm starting from Saturday May 5. There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays. For more information, visit the City of Sydney website.
Deaf Children Australia (DCA) is supporting South Melbourne District Sports Club to deliver an Auslan Auskick program again in 2018! This program is the first of its kind to make footy more fun and accessible for children who are deaf and hard of hearing by offering the regular Auskick program delivered in Australian Sign Language (Auslan) on Saturday mornings. The South Melbourne District Sports Club has shown a real commitment to the program which will now commence its third season.
DCA and the South Melbourne Districts Sports Club are encouraging young boys and girls between 5 and 12 years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing to join the Auslan Auskick program. There is a small registration cost for Auskick but we provide the Auslan interpreting. The season kicks off on Saturday 16 April and the program runs each Saturday from 9am to 10:30am.
This program is proudly supported by the South Melbourne Districts AFL Auskick. See the news story by 9 News here.
For more information go to the flyer, the South Melbourne Districts Sports Club website or contact Noel Henderson Ph: 9539 5362 or E:firstname.lastname@example.org or Auskick Co-ordinator David Raftis M: 0473 425 163 or E: email@example.com
Auslan play groups
Signee-Tots encourages a better understanding of Deaf culture, recognition of Deaf role models, and development of sign language. The playgroup is registered with Playgroup Victoria, primarily for Deaf parents and their children.
The playgroup once a month on a Tuesday and also through the school holidays.
To find out more email Melissa: firstname.lastname@example.org
To read more about the play group see Play Group Victoria’s article: https://www.playgroupblog.org/work/?fbclid=IwAR3v5Wezj89pIib-5PYcE3h_z7BAxNZiEPDKJol9mj_BWAgHfCnIMDxIPSg#/more-than-words/