Language Planning Priority - Attitude
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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