For Manju, an Auslan teacher with Deaf Connect, her greatest reward in teaching is “building cultural bridges.”
Since joining the Education Team in 2017 on a casual basis, Manju has taught many students the basics of Auslan and says the satisfaction of sharing the preferred language of the Deaf community, and the pride she takes in her work as part of a team, has never waned.
“I love teaching my students Auslan because it enables them to communicate with deaf people when they’re out and about in the community,” she says.
Manju says she’s taught students who were then able to communicate better with their deaf colleagues, or use their Auslan skills in childcare settings.
“It’s great that my students can be involved in the community,” says Manju. “They’re deaf-friendly and well-equipped with the conversational skills to attend events and communicate.”
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