What are you doing this week to celebrate National Week of Deaf People?

Rachel Whealy
| September 19, 2020

Music Count Us In encourages teachers and students to join in the Celebration by learning some Auslan!

This week (19 – 25 September) we celebrate National Week of Deaf People (NWDP). It is a wonderful opportunity to honour Deaf culture and language, as well as raise vital awareness about social inclusion and communication barriers.

Music Australia’s education program Music: Count Us In has provided teachers and students across the country with a suite of resources to assist with learning the Auslan translation of the program’s central song – You Won’t Bring Us Down. These resources were created in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Deaf and Blind Childrens Thomas Pattison School and its Signing Choir.

Teachers can use our simple, step by step instruction videos to teach the Auslan translation as part of this week-long NWDP celebration. Students will also have the opportunity to perform the Auslan translation of the song on Thursday November 5th, when it will be a featured segment of our live streamed MCUI Celebration Day event. Though this performance will be led by the Signing Choir of the RIDBC Thomas Pattison School, they hope that school children across Australia will join them in this performance online. We particularly encourage our NSW schools to learn the Auslan translation since COVID restrictions still prevent group singing at school.

Teachers registered for MCUI can access our total Auslan video package including the Auslan translation of the song; the 4 step by step ‘How to teach it” videos; and a wonderful ‘Introduction to Auslan Translations’ clip, which teachers will find full of interesting facts to share with their students.

Register for Music Count Us In 2020 and access the following Auslan resources (video clips) immediately online. The program is totally FREE:

  1. MCUI 2020 – Auslan Translation ‘You Won’t Bring Us Down’
  2. Learn the Auslan Translation of Verse 1 ‘You Won’t Bring Us Down’
  3. Learn the Auslan Translation of the PRE-CHORUS
  4. Learn the Auslan Translation of the CHORUS
  5. Learn the Auslan Translation of Verse 2

REGISTER HERE: https://musicaustralia.org.au/program/countusin/register/

Click the links below to read recent articles on Celebration Day and our plans to feature the Auslan translation of the song:

https://musicaustralia.org.au/2020/08/music-count-us-in-counts-down-to-celebration-day-november-5th-2020/

https://musiceducation.global/australian-school-music-programme-turns-to-signing/

Best Wishes
Rachel Whealy
Program Manager

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