Celebrating NZ Sign Language Week

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Celebrating NZ Sign Language Week

New Zealand Sign Language week celebrates that New Zealand Sign Language is an official and unique language of New Zealand and is used by New Zealand's Deaf community.

At Westfield Albany, we have connected with our community partner MERGE NZ who work in NZSL video production, NZSL teaching and development of teaching & learning resources.

NZSL (New Zealand Sign Language Week) is organised by Deaf Aotearoa to raise awareness that this is an official language of New Zealand.

We encourage you to celebrate the importance of this language and culture in the Deaf community this week by learning and teaching others.

Like other signed languages, NZSL uses the hands, the body and facial expressions/mouth movements to communicate meaning. NZSL has its own grammatical structure and ways of signifying ideas.

Be sure to check out Whitcoulls in your local Westfield for learning resources on New Zealand Sign Language.

See the video below for easy ways to learn and share:

Find out more resources here >

This week also celebrates International Week of the Deaf.

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