By now, you’ve probably heard that a new government-backed national disability language service has been launched to help make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.
And that is good news.
However, the new language service is not yet fully-funded, and that has not stopped people from expressing their opinions about its merits or lack thereof.
There are two main points to keep in mind when talking about this new language.
First, the language service was developed and funded by the National Disability Language Service, which is a private non-profit.
The language service will be paid for with donations from individuals and businesses.
Second, this new service will help many of the deaf people with whom it will connect.
“There are many ways to contribute to the disability language network,” says Joanna O’Leary, communications manager at the National Disabled Language Service.
“There is the National Fund to support language learning and language support in schools and organisations, which includes a number of language support agencies.
And there are also individuals and organisations who want to support disability language for people in need of language.”
Many of these organisations have expressed an interest in supporting disability language as a language and language skills programme for the deaf.
“A lot of these people want to be a part of the disability community, and a lot of them want to help other deaf people too.
And they all want to make it easier for other deaf communities to be heard, and for people to benefit from the language they use.”
The service is fully funded and we have a great staff of volunteers, and we want to see as many people as possible participate in it,” says O’Connor. “
We’re hoping that this will open up the conversation and give people a more accessible way to communicate, and to make sure that their communication is accessible to people with other disabilities.”
“The service is fully funded and we have a great staff of volunteers, and we want to see as many people as possible participate in it,” says O’Connor.
For O’Regan, this is a good sign.
“If you’re not able to speak a language other than English, you can still have a positive impact on the lives of people who need language, and it’s a wonderful thing to see,” she says.
However, this program has not yet been fully funded, and there are many concerns about its effectiveness.
“The language is not entirely up and running yet, and while the service is being fully funded we’re not sure how long it will take for us to be able to support the community and meet their needs,” Ollie says.
For now, the service will remain limited to those with the ability to read and write English, and will also only be available for those with special needs, such as speech, hearing or vision disabilities.
This means the service does not address all the challenges people with different disabilities have with using a language, including those who do not understand the language, or people with limited hearing.
The service aims to be available to people in all regions of Australia by the end of the year.
The National Disability Languages Service is available on the Australian Government website, and the service aims “to empower and support deaf people through the use of their languages”.
“I want to use language as an opportunity to highlight the importance of language for the hearing- and speech-impaired,” Oollie says, adding that the service also aims to create a positive learning environment for the whole community.
“If we can get people to understand what the language means, they can use it more effectively, and if they do use it, they’re more likely to have success.”