Language Planning Priority - Use/Access
The purpose of Use/Access planning is to:
- enable NZSL to be used in all domains of society
- promote social equality for Deaf NZSL users by ensuring they have access to information and services through NZSL.
What success looks like in five years’ time
- The Deaf community is able to maintain Deaf domains of intergenerational transmission of NZSL amongst the Deaf community. Deaf domains include organisations, events, places and spaces (for example, face-to-face or online interaction) where Deaf people are able to use NZSL.
- Core government services and information, which are the responsibility of key central government agencies such as the Ministries of Education (pre-school, compulsory and tertiary), Health, Justice, and Social Development as well as local government agencies are accessible to Deaf NZSL users because they:
- provide professional NZSL interpreters
- translate written information into NZSL
- use up-to-date information and communication technology that provides Deaf NZSL users access to services and information
- provide services and information directly in NZSL, for example via NZSL fluent staff
- make decisions that are informed by the Board’s Strategy and the use of robust data and evidence.
- NZSL interpreter standards provide high quality professional interpreting services throughout New Zealand that meet the diverse needs of Deaf NZSL users.
- Māori Deaf have access to Te Ao Māori and Māori speaking domains through the training and retention of trilingual interpreters (Te Reo Māori, NZSL and English).
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