Stand up for Talk Sign this Friday

2017-03-14 06:04
 Photo: SuppliedDesigan Naidoo (KZNBDS sign language facilitator), Shamila Surjoo (Director: KZNBDS), Riona Jagathpal (Talk Sign ambassador) and Siyanda Mkhize (KZNBDS sign language interpreter) are passionate about the Talk Sign campaign.

Photo: SuppliedDesigan Naidoo (KZNBDS sign language facilitator), Shamila Surjoo (Director: KZNBDS), Riona Jagathpal (Talk Sign ambassador) and Siyanda Mkhize (KZNBDS sign language interpreter) are passionate about the Talk Sign campaign.

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TALK Sign 2017 is just a few days away and the community is encouraged to buy a Talk Sign sticker for only R10 and wear it on Talk Sign Day, Friday, March 10.

Shamila Surjoo,the KZN Blind and Deaf Society director said: ‘’We also encourage people to do an activity on Talk Sign Day to show support for people who are deaf.

“As far as the Talk Sign Day activities are concerned, schools and business can be as creative as they like.
“For example, each pupil can present something in sign language to the class and the corporates can distribute the ‘do’s and don’ts’ when communicating with someone who is deaf, to all their staff members,’’ says Surjoo.

Talk Sign campaign manager Alice Leah says: “We are so excited by our collaboration with the nine Chateau Gateaux branches in KZN and Gauteng who have embraced this KZN Blind & Deaf Society initiative.
“This is the first time the campaign has secured a large retailer to sell stickers to the public, which skyrockets the availability of stickers.
“The Talk Sign campaign aims to popularise South African Sign Language­ (SASL) and the money raised from sticker sales is used for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and to assist with job creation and placement.”

According to KZN Blind and Deaf Society president, Justice Zak Yacoob: “It is a human right of every person who is deaf to be able to communicate, to understand others and to be understood.
“We all need to communicate with each other.
??“Imagine how lonely it must be when you don’t understand what the people around you are saying and no one understands what you are trying to say? This is how people who are deaf feel around those who don’t understand South African sign language.’’

Anna Kelly, Chateau Gateaux marketing manager said: “It is our pleasure to partner with Talk Sign in their pursuit to make SA Sign Language South Africa's 12th official language.
“We are delighted to be able to offer our stores as a retail point for Talk Sign Day sticker sales, to enable the Talk Sign team to spread their message into other parts of the country.
“We challenge our customers to learn to sign 'let's do coffee' and meet at a Chateau Gateaux to buy their stickers for Talk Sign Day.”

For bulk sticker orders to sell at school or work, contact Alice on 082 577 2110 or e-mail alice@the or visit www.talksign. for more information.








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