We want EVERYONE to enjoy our event and, of course, this includes students with special physical, intellectual and emotional needs.
- We have a special needs liaison available to discuss your needs with you prior to the day.
- There will be no charge for adults to attend if their purpose for attending is solely to assist a student with special needs (ie carers, interpreters, special assistants). Whilst there is no cost, please still register these adults in advance by dealing directly with our office.
- AUSLAN TRANSLATORS: We are regrettably unable to organise translators. Please understand that our organisation is very small. We have only a handful of staff and receive no government or grant funding. This booklet will, however, assist the translator/s who might normally work with hearing impaired students on a normal school day.
- POSITIONING OF AUSLAN TRANSLATOR AND THE STUDENT: In most venues, the ideal positioning for an interpreter will be in front of the stage to one side. We will reserve seating for your student/s so that they have a clear line of site across the whole stage with the interpreter central to their view. Please see rough diagram below.
Please understand that it is not suitable at this event for the interpreter to stand directly beside the presentation lectern on stage, like it might be for lecture-style events. The reasons for this are:
- Our presenters walk around stage continuously, so the interpretation would be poorly positioned for the student for much of the presentation. (Think of this event like a theatre play.)
- When there are multiple presenters on opposite sides of the stage, the interpretation would be poorly positioned.
- The event includes some discussion-based activities. If the interpreter is on the ground level in front of the stage it makes it easy to assist the student in these discussions.df