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Baking an Auslan treat

AUSTRALIAN Christian College student Elizabeth Wilbur’s inclusive baking project, ‘Mixing it up with Auslan’ was recently featured in Australia’s first student-led academic journal ‘Excelencia’.

When Elizabeth discovered one in six people in Australia were either deaf or had a hearing impairment, she jumped at the chance to complete a school assignment entirely in Auslan to show her spirit of understanding and inclusion for the deaf community.

Auslan is both an effective way to communicate and a proven way to stimulate brain development and mental flexibility for people who are deaf and have a hearing impairment.

Through studying Auslan and applying it to a baking video, Elizabeth experienced first-hand that the language was more complex than just signing things word for word.

Elizabeth said the project took her about a week to complete, utilising both class time and time at home to learn new signs.

“I started to use more Auslan grammar and sentence structure as well as new signs,” she said.

“I had to learn all the signs needed for the video, including ingredients, the method, and then I put it together step by step and actually cooked.”

Elizabeth said she was surprised, but happy to be featured in Excelencia.

“The deaf community is growing a lot and I feel like we can be more inclusive by learning the language,” she said.

“The project helped me grow in my confidence of signing.”

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