Training and Further Education South Australia (TAFE SA) is now offering a certificate in Training and Assessment specifically developed for deaf students. There is a shortage of sign-language teachers in the region which is preventing deaf students from signing up for the classes they want to take. It is hoped that deaf students will become teachers themselves and alleviate some of the problem caused by the shortage.
TAFE facilitator Pip Cody said, “If someone wants to become an interpreter, they have to move to Melbourne because in South Australia no training pathways lead on to the diploma. Then they stay in Melbourne, and South Australia is left with a dire shortage. The issue is that deaf people can’t access courses they want to."
It is hoped that the new course will allow deaf people who are already capable of teaching Auslan to become qualified. In the past, they could not become qualified due to the barriers to learning.