New Zealand Sign Language Week is a chance to celebrate one of NZ’s official languages and have fun trying out a few signs!
Watch UC student Benazir and Disability Advisor Nicola to see how you can meet and greet in NZSL:
You can use this handy Deaf Aotearoa poster to learn how to sign your name:
Sign Language Tips
- Maintaining eye contact and using facial expressions are an important part of NZSL.
- Use your dominant hand to execute all the signs (for some signs you’ll need both hands).
Support at UC
The Equity & Disability Service (EDS) assists students with disabilities by providing study support services and specialist resources such as notetakers, assistive technology and special arrangements for exams.
The EDS also offers introductory New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) courses to UC students and staff. No previous NZSL experience is required. The course is full for this term, but more will be running next year – watch this space!