Language Planning Priority - Attitude

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The purpose of attitude planning is to ensure:

  • the Deaf community
    • has a critical awareness and appreciation of NZSL as a valid language
    • believes that NZSL is recognised and valued by New Zealanders.
  • families and whānau of deaf children and the professionals who work with them, recognise and value NZSL as a language and have an accurate understanding of the benefits of using NZSL early with deaf children. 

Government agencies, Crown entities and New Zealanders recognise NZSL as a language and demonstrate inclusive attitudes and practices towards NZSL users, including recognising the importance and value of NZSL to the Deaf community.

What success looks like in five years’ time

  • The Deaf community believes that NZSL is recognised and valued by New Zealanders.
  • Families and whānau of deaf children make a conscious choice to learn and use NZSL and recognise it as an equal language alongside spoken languages.
  • Government agencies, Crown entities and New Zealanders demonstrate awareness of, and positive attitudes towards the use of NZSL in New Zealand.

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