The engagement of Auslan Interpreters by the Victorian arts sector—for example at events, festivals, theatre and stage productions and exhibitions—is slowly increasing. However, people who have Auslan as their first language remain a largely untapped audience.
One in six Australians have hearing loss. Auslan users enjoy participating in the arts with family and friends as audience and individually as artists. However, in the past they have often been excluded from full participation by lack of access.
Auslan Interpreter services provide equal access to arts and entertainment for people who are Deaf, their friends and families. This access service delivers compliance with Australia’s anti-discrimination and human rights laws.
Smartphone Auslan applications are available for use at live performances and similar events.
“When I look through a program or website, I’m looking for performances and events that are accessible for me. I won’t read through all of the listings to look Auslan Interpreted shows. Seeing the access symbols tells me instantly whether an event is accessible or not.” – Mija Gwyn