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Published Thursday 9 May 2019

NZSL has been an official language of New Zealand since 2006. We’ve got some short health videos available for the deaf community and staff with helpful information when coming to hospital.

We’re pleased to be sharing these videos with the deaf community to mark NZSL week. These videos show what the deaf community can expect when coming to hospital and how our staff can help to communicate.

Our website lists resources available including how to request a NZSL interpreter at hospital appointments; sign language videos on a number of health topics and some interesting research.

Deaf participants emphasise that recognition of their identity as members of a language community is central to improving their healthcare experiences and we are pleased to be able to support them.

Learn NZSL is a free learning portal on New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) if you are interested in learning more. Whether you’re studying NZSL, trying to connect with a Deaf friend, or just having fun with a new language, Learn NZSL has a lot to offer! Also there are some great resources at Deaf Aotearoa.