Non-verbal communication

DATE: 27 August 2015



Whether because of a hearing, speech, or cognitive impairment, many people use alternative forms of communication in place of talking. 

This infographic looks at some of these.

Key facts

  • There are over 138 distinct sign languages used across the globe.
  • Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is used by over 8400 Australians as their primary language.
  • Makaton is a set of hand signs and graphic symbols, licenced by the UK-based Makaton Charity, that can be used to communicate various concepts. Makaton is often used by and with children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 
  • 13 000 Australians use electronic communication aids​.

Technical notes

Yooralla calculations based on ABS data,, and


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