The International Day of Sign Languages (23 September) is a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users.
Auslan is the sign language used by the Australian deaf community. According to the 2021 Census, more than 16,242 people use Auslan at home.
Regis is committed to meeting the diverse needs of our residents, clients and employees, including those who use sign languages. Regis Blackburn in Victoria has a dedicated Sensory Support Unit which provides specialist support to deaf, deafblind, and hearing-impaired residents. Our Home employs deaf carers and a number of hearing employees are trained in Auslan and tactile Auslan. Our team members use Auslan gesture charts, finger spelling charts and cue cards to assist them in providing the best possible care to our deaf and deafblind residents.
Regis Blackburn has a long-standing partnership with Expression Australia (formally Victorian Deaf Society). It provides our employees Deaf Awareness and Auslan training, support workers and interpreters. Our Home also partners with Deaf Connect which provides Communication Guides for our deafblind residents.