Auslan is for everyone
Connecting people with Auslan
The 'Hello, my name is...' campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness about Auslan, the culture that surrounds it, and the need to be inclusive of deaf and hard of hearing people in the wider community.
The campaign supports our mission to provide equality of opportunity to ALL children and young people and encourage social inclusion. Join us. Read more about the campaign.
Auslan is about 200 years old. British, Scottish, and Irish immigrants brought sign language to our shores. Over time, Auslan developed its own unique qualities and it continues to evolve, just as other languages do.
In 1987 the federal government officially acknowledged it as a language.
Founded on sign language
Our founder, FJ Rose was deaf and used sign language to communicate.
He came to Melbourne from London to try his luck on the goldfields in the mid 1800’s.
Rose didn’t strike it lucky, but this proved beneficial for deaf children in Victoria.
On realising there was no education or wellbeing support for deaf children in Victoria, Rose turned his attention to addressing the inequalities. His commitment and passion led to the building of the iconic bluestone building that stands at 597 St Kilda Road today, home to Deaf Children Australia. Read our History to learn more about our pioneering founder, FJ Rose, his vision and mission, which drives what we do today.