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Deaf in Australia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
50,000 Auslan Christianity 69.50 % Unknown No   

Deaf in Australia

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Introduction / History
The Deaf in Australia have their own language and culture. They speak in the Australian Sign Language called Ausian. It is different from English Sign Language. Ausian is not spoken and has no written form. The signs made are by hand shapes, expressions of the face and by movements of the body. There is a need in Australia for more interpreters for the Deaf. There are societies for the Deaf in Australia.

Sign language is what unifies Deaf people in Australia. To be properly respected among the Deaf in Australia, it is best to know some Ausian and to show them that you regard this language as important. Deaf people are then willing to teach Ausian.

Deaf people need to be accepted for who they are and Deaf babies are very important to them. They need to know that Christ accepts them. Eye contact is important when communicating with Deaf people. It is best to sit further away from them but opposite them so they can see you. They use Ausian with each other and English when with hearing people as they mix with both. The Deaf in Australia are likely to ask hearing people about their connections with the Deaf.

There are only a small number among the Deaf in Australia who are evangelical.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Deaf in Australia will be befriended by Christians willing to learn Ausian and helping to bring them to salvation.
* Pray that the Deaf evangelicals in Australia will lead the others of their community to
Jesus Christ.


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Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
ROP3 Code: 114916
Joshua Project People ID: 19007
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 50,000
Population all Countries: 46,968,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Deaf
People Cluster: Deaf
People Name General: Deaf
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Primary Language: Auslan
Language Code (ISO): asf    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Australian Aborigines Sig (Unknown)Miriwoong Sign Language (Unknown)
Yan-nhangu Sign Language (Unknown)Yolngu Sign Language (Unknown)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism2.60 % 
Christianity69.50 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions1.06 % 
Hinduism0.95 % 
Islam2.50 % 
Non-Religious23.23 % 
Other / Small0.16 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1999-2002
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Deaf in Australia

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People Cluster
    Deaf     Australia and Pacific    
      Deaf Australia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Deaf in Australia          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Auslan  
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