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Jan Howard

Notes

'Notes' are short messages. They explain ideas or points for you to think about. 'Notes' may be linked to your story to highlight something to help us all understand ourselves better.

Rachel Noble

Human Rights

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Rachel Noble

Why who where what are human rights and who is responsible for them

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Rachel Noble

The World Federation of the Deaf

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Rachel Noble

What are Sign Language Rights

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Rachel Noble

What are Bilingual Education Rights

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Rachel Noble

Life Long Learning Rights

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Thora Hubner

Role Models

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Thora Hubner

Introduction of Deafhood

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Thora Hubner

Colonialism and resistance

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Victora Lessing

Sign Languages

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Victora Lessing

NZSL Grammar

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Victora Lessing

HOLM

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Amanda Everitt

Deaf Identity

Your identity is about you knowing who you are, what you value/treasure/whats important to you.

It is how you see yourself and how you think the world looks at you.

Deaf people say they have a Deaf identity. They say they are Deaf, they are happy to be Deaf. They use sign language and feel connected with other Deaf people.

The World Federation of the Deaf say it is our right to have a Deaf Identity. WFD says it Identifies deaf people as belonging to a cultural and linguistic community who use sign language as mother tongue or as a natural language to communicate.

People often have more than one identity. Māori, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, etc.

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Amanda Everitt

NZSL

Sign Language is the language Deaf people use to communicate. It is a visual language with grammar, for example hand shapes, palm orientation, non manual signals etc. and it has evolved over time (example of an old/new sign?).

We can share stories, tell jokes, share information, raise our children, talk about religion and politics, be happy and sad.

We raise children with sign language, we learn and teach with sign language. We also fight and love with sign language.

Best of all, New Zealand Sign Language is ours! It grew and evolved from the New Zealand Deaf community and is our unique language.

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Amanda Everitt

Deaf Culture

Everyone has a cultural identity. Knowing where you come from can give you a sense of belonging and a sense of self. Culture is about our/your way of life. Your beliefs and values/taonga, language, way of doing things, your traditions. They are the things you/we share with people like you/us.

Deaf culture are things that are important to us as Deaf people, our sign language, our stories, our ways of doing things. It helps us feel as so we belong.

Examples: We use and value sign language. We treasure our history – Deaf Schools. We love spending chatting with other Deaf people and face to face contact. We love our deaf jokes and our humour too. People may identify with other cultures too i.e. Māori Deaf.

Deaf culture connects us all as Deaf people.

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