The ability to communicate is our most human characteristic. It’s essential to everyday contact with people and helps us learning, participate in education and work and importantly, social interaction.
However, for the one in six Australians affected by hearing loss, a real issue — one that is overlooked and even ignored — is the impact this has on their educational and communication experiences and opportunities.
One of the major barriers for people who are Deaf and hearing is the need to communicate with teachers, family and friends; the flexibility to have quick conversation between Auslan and English.
Conexu appreciates support from our community partners including Deaf Sport Australia, Furlong Park School for Deaf Children, Expression Australia, Aurora School who have contributed Auslan videos to add to our library and our many wonderful Auslan translators for making this happen.
Introducing OpenAccess Face to Face. A free iPad and iPhone app supporting Auslan learning and communication between deaf and hearing people.
With more than 2000 words and phrases, downloaded over 5,000 times (June 2018), the app is one of Australia’s biggest databases of Auslan and a popular standalone tool for learning Australian Sign Language.
Communication barriers are broken down as Deaf and hearing people are able to communicate across languages with instant English to Auslan interactions, increasing learning and literacy opportunities.