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The Equity & Disability Service offers introductory New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) courses, which will be held in the Puaka-James Hight building each Thursday in term 2, (April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28) from 12 to 12.50pm.

Participants are taught:
• The finger-spelling alphabet
• Basic phrases
• Some university-specific vocabulary
• Basic grammar
• Deaf culture

No previous NZSL experience is required.

The course is open to both students and staff and the cost is $50. Please email hayley.cranstoun@canterbury.ac.nz to register.
Attendees have the option of further developing their NZSL through community-based courses.

For more information, please visit the website> www.canterbury.ac.nz/equity-disability/sign-language/

Disability Resource Service and Student Care on the move

The Disability Resource Service (DRS) | Ratonga Whaikaha and Student Care | Atawhai Ākonga are moving into the Forestry building next week.

On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March they’ll be relocating to 125 Forestry – the area by the level 1 main entrance next to Student Experience.

Services will remain available during relocation

DRS and Student Care will still be available if you need to contact them for anything during the relocation on Monday and Tuesday.

Their contact details are:

Disability Resource Service

Student Care

From Wednesday you can visit the teams in their new offices in the Forestry building.

New location, new name

The Disability Resource Service is changing its name to the Equity and Disability Service to better reflect the services and support you can access. From next week you might start to notice this change on the website and signage.

Learn New Zealand Sign Language in Term 3

UC Subject Librarian Brian McElwaine shares his experience taking the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) course.

For the past five weeks, I’ve been learning a bit of New Zealand Sign Language through the Disability Resource Service.  It’s slightly eerie, studying in an almost silent room for an hour a week, and since the class was taught by a Deaf teacher, we really had to concentrate to take everything in. It’s been heaps of fun, and great to learn alongside students, but the unusual learning environment did bring across to me how challenging the world can be to a Deaf person in unexpected ways.

I recommend taking the course when it’s run again in Term 3. As a participant, you could learn something outside the normal subject-specific stuff and maybe make some new friends. Most importantly, as a human being, it might well help you to remember to be compassionate – the people around you are often battling invisible challenges you know nothing about, so be kind to each other out there!

UC’s New Zealand Sign Language course is on again from 20 July until 24 August, from 12 noon to 12:50pm each Thursday.

Participants will learn:

  • Finger-spelling alphabet
  • Basic phrases
  • Some university specific vocabulary
  • Develop some understanding of Deaf Culture

Find out more, including how to register for the course, here>