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last updated Tue 14 Jun 16

Information for Students

School Year 2017

> Download School Terms & Travel Dates

New NZSL Dictionary App

DEAFinitely Stepping Ahead

Free Get it from the apps store now!

> YouTube video

Download DEAFinitely Stepping Ahead brochure
> http://www.deaf.co.nz/uploads/files/content/File/Resources/1.0%20Transition%20Brochure_wh.pdf

Take a look at the new Magnet website. Magnet represents deaf and hearing impaired youth In New Zealand.
Their purpose is to grow, inspire and develop positive deaf identiy and leadership.

What to do if you are Being Txt Bullied

If your getting scary, mean, rude or bullying txts from someone, you can report them to your mobile phone company. Your mobile company can send a warning to them and will even cut them off the network BUT here are the steps YOU must follow:
DON'T reply to the messages OR phone/text the number.
Make a list of the date and time you received at least 4 bullying or harassing messages from that person. To show these are unwanted messages, this call list can ONLY start from the time when YOU STOPPED REPLYING. Keep the txts on your phone to show the phone company.

Contact your mobile phone company's customer service centre -

- txt "bully" to 4001 and you will be called back within 2 working days
- call 0800809 806 between 8am & 5pm Monday to Friday
- call 200 from your phone or 0800022 022 from a landline
- call 0800 299 500 If you can't hear on a phone, use the relay service,
to call your phone company.

If you can't hear on a phone, use the relay service, to call your phone company.

CapTel phone
(captioning telephone)

http://www.nzrelay.co.nz/Home > download information

Fire Safety
for the Hearing Impaired

This resource has been produced by
the National Foundation for the Deaf.
The PDF outlines the best type of
smoke alarms and how to get funding
for assistive technology.


A collection of eleven videos has been produced by theMinistry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in conjunction with Deaf Aotearoa.
It contains useful information to raise awareness of the types of disasters that can happen in New Zealand and provides advice on how to be better prepared. The information is presented in New Zealand Sign Language and it is captioned.
It's intended as a resource for the deaf and hearing impaired community.
Watch the videos online on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDCED521114A43422 .
Van Asch Deaf Education Centre Media Centre also has a copy of the DVD for loan. For further information on getting ready contact you local council or visit http://www.getthru.govt.nz/web/GetThru.nsf

Health & Disability Commissioner

Code of Rights in NZ Sign Language
To download Code of Rights
in NZ Sign Language go to >


Captions on Sky TV

111 TXT
A new 111 TXT service has been set up
so Deaf and hearing impaired people
can contact fire, ambulance or police
in an
For more information go to -

Having trouble

Use captions AND READ
(and it's free)
> download information

Sky TV has introduced closed captioning to the following channels: Animal Planet, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, TCM, TV1. TV2. TV3, Cartoon Network, Crime & Investigation,Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, UKTV and National Geographic. Closed Captions are available on My Sky decoders. Sky Digital decoders can display closed captions through Teletext if the television supports Teletext. Contact Sky TV for advice on how to start captioning on your television if you need assistance. Fax number: 0800 759329 or phone number: 0800 759759 or check out their website at http://www.skytv.co.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=1617 for functionality support.

Youthline is a counseling service for young people/teenagers.
If you would like to talk to someone on the phone you can call
0800 37 66 33. Remember if you want to phone but can't hear on the phone use NZ Relay http://www.nzrelay.co.nz/Home/
Email them at talk@youthline.co.nz
Free TXT using your mobile phone to 234
Check out their online forum at www.urge.co.nz
Check out their Facebook and Bebo profiles

What Is It Like To Be Deaf?

- read Benazir's story

- read Sam's story

> Benazir's story (download a pdf)
(as it was printed in 'Upstart' magazine).
> Sam's story (download a pdf)

Articles About Deaf People and Useful Technology
Click on the image to view the article.

A Deaf Actor
An interview with
Toby Agnew, a deaf
actor who was in the
film 'Closer'.

A Deaf Blind Sculptor
Read about Donald
Gibson, a deaf and
blind sculptor
who made the VADEC
125th jubilee sculpture.

Helen Keller
at Sumner School
for Deaf.
World famous Helen
Keller visits Sumner
School for Deaf in 1948.

Helen Keller
Art Award

Read about this art
award and how you
can enter it.

Technology @ Home
A look at the use
of Technology
in a deaf persons

Video Calling
How to make a video call and sign to your friends using a 3G phone!

The New Zealand Relay Service
How to use the NZ
Relay Service.

How to get and
use captions.

TVNZ Teletext
How to use
TVNZ Teletext.

Deaf Sports
Read about what
deaf sports you
can play.

A Deaf Teacher
An interview with a
deaf teacher of the
deaf - Ann Croy.

A Hearing Dog
An interview with
Andie Vowles and
her hearing dog Brie.

A Deaf Student
Youth Member of

Kaitlyn, a deaf
student took part
in the 5th Youth
Parliament in 2007.

Boys' House Fire at Sumner School for Deaf, 1958
The story of the dramatic fire that destroyed most of the Boys' House dormitories .

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does the Ear Work?
Click on the image to see the animation.

How Does a Hearing Aid Work?
Click on the image to see the animation.
Parts and functions of the Hearing Aid and Radio Aid. Click to see images,
diagrams and spoken english video clips.

How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?
Click on the image to see the animation.
Names and functions of the
internal and external parts
of the cochlear implant.
Click to see images, diagrams
and spoken english video clips.

Basic FM Help

Information sheets for common FM equipment used by students
> Basic Changing FM Channel Operation Instructions

> Basic inspiro Operation Instructions

> Basic iSense micro Operation Instructions
> Basic SmartLink+ Operation Instructions

> Basic ZoomLink Operation Instructions

> Bluetooth and smartlink

What is New Zealand Sign Language?
Click on the image to find out.

van Asch theatre productions in NZSL
Click on a van Asch Drama Production to view photos -
The Importance of Being Earnest
- News'n'Views 2, 2004 pg. 17-19
van Asch History Student Dramas
- News'n'Views 1, 2005 pg. 8-10
Story Time - The Lion in the Meadow,
Matau - The Giant of Wakatipu and Cinderfella
The Tempest - News'n'Views 3, 2007 pg. 1-3
Oliver Twist
Story Time - Rata the Wanderer, Rumpelstiltskin, and Little Red Rocking Hood

A printable copy of the NZSL Fingerspelt Alphabet is attached in a PDF document > Fingerspelt Alphabet

NZSL video clips for common Signs at School and at Home.
Signs In And Around The School includes signs for: "Things in the classroom", Basic commands for teachers, "How do I say?", Buildings around the school, School subjects. Signs In And Around The Home includes signs for: "How do I say?", Rooms in the House, Things inside and outside the House.
Full colour illustrations, NZSL video clips, English wordlists, NZSL and sign supported English (SSE) phrases.

go to > Signs In And Around The School

go to > Signs In And Around The Home

Starting work, training or further study?

There are many tertiary/training
scholarships and grants available
to deaf and hearing impaired
students in New Zealand.
Read the attached PDF . . .
> scholarships to find out what
you can apply for and how.

Tertiary Study Support
All tertiary institutions such as
polytechnics and universities
have staff whose job it is to help
organise support for deaf students.
Support is based on what the individual
needs and may be an interpreter,
notetaker or the use of an FM system
by the lecturer, etc. Read the attached
PDF > Study Support to find out the
contact details of support staff in the
main polytechnics and universities
around New Zealand.

New Zealand Sign Language
Interpreter Service

New Zealand Sign Language
Interpreters aid communication
between deaf and hearing people
by interpreting between spoken
English or Maori and NZSL.
Find out how to book and work
with an interpreter and what they
will and won't do.
Read the attached PDF . . .
> NZSL Interpreters

Work Support Services
The Deaf Association, Workbridge
and Work and Income offer
specialised support services and
training for deaf job seekers.
Read the attached PDF . . .
> Work Support Services to find
out what each of these groups
can offer you.
The Deaf Association Supports
Deaf School Leavers

The Deaf Association can support
deaf school leavers with interpreters,
needs interviews, service coordination,
equipment, information and advice,
job training programmes, support in
employment and adult community
Read the attached PDF . . .
> Deaf Association to find out how
they can assist you.
The Hearing Association
The Hearing Association's many branches
throughout New Zealand offer support
to hearing impaired people the around
the country. The services they offer
include the sale of hearing aid batteries,
accessories, assistive listening devices,
amplified telephones, alerting devices,
hearing tests and education and advice
regarding hearing loss.
Read the attached PDF. . .
> The Hearing Association to find out more.
Deaf Organisations
Browse this comprehensive list of
contacts for deaf clubs, equipment,
groups, societies, sporting groups
and support services.
Read the attached PDF . . .
> Deaf Organisations to find out
what you can access and how.
To learn more about audiograms and
what the words threshold, decibel and
frequency mean read on!
Read the attached PDF . . .
> Audiograms to find out more.
Assistive Devices
There are many assistive devices
that are available for deaf and hearing
impaired people. This article contains
a list and photographs of the most
common devices in use such as smoke
alarms for deaf, TTYs, vibrating watch
alarms, video phones, etc.
Read the attached PDF . . .
> Assistive Devices to find out more.
Hearing Loss
Learn about how the ear works.
Find out about the types and
causes of hearing loss. Study two
diagrams to see how a hearing aid
and cochlear implant work.
Read the attached PDF . . .
> Hearing Loss
to find out more information.
Transition Information:
Image copyright -
Jupiterimages Corporation 2008

Captioning Access New Zealand


Cinema captioning started in New Zealand because a Deaf man filed a complaint to the Human Rights Commission in December 2001 regarding lack of captions in movies. Due to the joint effort between the Deaf community, representatives of the film industry and the Human Rights Commission, New Zealand citizens can now enjoy captioned movies!

For information on the latest captioned movies, subscribe to the CANZ e-mailing list. Send your name and email address to subscribe@captionmovies.co.nz


Deaf Sports Federation of New Zealand


The Deaf Sports Federation of New Zealand was established in 1963 with the purpose of bringing Deaf people in New Zealand together through sports. Deaf people of all ages, backgrounds participate in various sporting events locally, nationally and internationally.
The New Zealand Deaf Games are being held in Christchurch during Labour Weekend in 2009. Check out the DSFNZ website for more information.

NZ Deaf Sports newsletter > DSFNZnews (download a pdf)

New Zealand Relay


New Zealand Relay (NZ Relay) is a telecommunications service for people who are Deaf, hearing-impaired, deaf-blind, or speech-impaired. You can use NZ Relay to make telephone calls to family, businesses, government ministries—anyone who has a phone.


Cochlear Implants for Teens

> http://deafteens.org

Visit this site to read about
deaf teenagers’ experiences
and views.

CDYC - Christchurch Deaf Youth Club

Email: canterbury_deaf_youth@xtra.co.nz

WDYG - Wellington Deaf Youth Group

Email: youthcamp@wds.org.nz