Auslan

Events

1790 Auslan begins to evolve from Sign language introduced by British (BSL) and Irish (ISL) convicts/ immigrants

Approx. 1790 - Present

1860 first schools established in Sydney and Melbourne

1860 - Present

1886-1950s ISL used in Catholic schools

1886 - 1950

1970s Signed English philosophies emerge and ASL introduced

1970 - Present

1980s Trevor Johnston coins the term Auslan

1980 - Present

1982 Auslan legitimised when interpreters registered by NAATI

1982 - Present

1989 first Dictionary

1989 - Present

1989 National Languages Policy acknowledged as community language

1989 - Present

1990s instructional language in secondary schools for Deaf students

1990 - Present

1992 enactment of federal Disability Discrimination Act

1992 - Present