AIDS Project established

The Deaf Society established an AIDS Education Programme for the Deaf Community.  

In December 1988 the Deaf Society was granted funding by the State Department of Health to establish an AIDS Education Programme for the Deaf Community of NSW. In February 1989 Colin Allen was appointed as the AIDS Educator and he developed resources and provided workshops for the Deaf Community. In July 1989 the Federal Minister of Community Services launched the brochure and the video ‘’AIDS-Not Hearing Aids!’. In November 1989 the AIDS Education Programme for the Deaf Community was transferred to the AIDS Council of NSW with Colin Allen continuing as the AIDS Educator. 


The first Auslan dictionary, by Trevor Johnston of NSW, was published by Deafness Resources Australia.

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Trevor Johnston

Image courtesy of Trevor Johnston

Image courtesy of Trevor Johnston