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Celebrating the Sign Language Act 2006

Celebrating the Sign Language Act 2006

In 2002 the government set up an Office for Disability Issues and introduced policies that took greater account of the needs of disabled people. This included making New Zealand sign language an official language, and in 2006 the New Zealand Sign Language Act became law. Here supporters celebrate the passing of the measure on the steps of Parliament.

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van Asch Deaf Education Centre
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Martin Sullivan, 'Disability and disability organisations - Ideas about disability care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29173/celebrating-the-sign-language-act-2006 (accessed 11 December 2019)

Story by Martin Sullivan, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018