A POWERFUL message has been delivered to Canberra from the New South Wales deaf community, one delivered in silence.
As part of a Senate committee investigation into Australian TAFEs, seven groups supplied a combined 104 pages of text ahead of a hearing in Sydney on Wednesday.
Deaf Australia NSW supplied a single page pointing the committee to a YouTube clip.
The two-and-a-half minute video features Deaf Australia NSW vice-president Christian Hill showing the committee - among other things - how it felt to be deaf person being spoken to in English.
"This sign is Auslan, it's a different language to what you use," he said in the video.
"Just imagine if I was a teacher in your classroom.
"How would you access my communication in the way I'm signing to you right now?"
Mr Hill estimates there are more than 100 deaf students in the NSW TAFE system.
"TAFE needs to make sure deaf people are provided for in class," Mr Hill said after fronting the committee.
"The system somehow needs to get that money."
He said interpreters would also ensure deaf students could connect to others in their classroom.
"Interpreters translate into Auslan but they also translate the classroom interactions," he said.
"All of the students have conversations.
"The interpreter would make sure the deaf person is included, not excluded."
Mr Hill did not provide a translation of his video submission, but said the committee was able to have it transcribed.