Talk Sign launch a success

2018-02-13 06:01
PHOTOS: suppliedDebra Clelland and Bianca Birdsey signing “I love you” Bianca is mom to three beautiful Deaf girls who feature on the Talk Sign 2018 flyer.

PHOTOS: suppliedDebra Clelland and Bianca Birdsey signing “I love you” Bianca is mom to three beautiful Deaf girls who feature on the Talk Sign 2018 flyer.

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THE 2018 Talk Sign campaign was launched to 100 media and invited guests at The Pavilion Hotel on Friday January 26.

President of the KZN Blind and Deaf Society Justice Zak Yacoob welcomed and addressed guests and told them more about the KZNBDS.

Nayantra Kanaye, a co-ordinator of the Deaf Programme in the Department of IT at DUT, shared her story of the difficulties she experienced raising two deaf children, when teaching sign language to deaf children was still frowned upon.

She also explained why the launch of the first-ever Talk Sign 1 Sign Language Phrase Book was so vital in bridging the gap between the deaf and the hearing.

Guests enjoyed a breakfast buffet and were taught the five sign language phrases that have been highlighted for the new campaign. Gugu Ntini who is deaf and also appeared in the Talk Sign 1 book, performed a poem in sign language.

Lloyd Paul, a loyal Talk Sign ambassador for the past five years and well-known celebrity, entertained the guests with a high energy rap song. Guests were spoilt with coffee and cakes, a voucher from Chateau Gateaux and all media guests received complimentary copies of Talk Sign 1.

Talk Sign’s mission is to create awareness among the South African hearing community, which will make them sensitive to the needs of the deaf and hearing loss. This would promote sign language, and in turn, enable two-way communication.

The long-term plan is to fully integrate the deaf community into schools, social and competitive sports, the workplace and all aspects of life. In a nutshell, the Talk Sign campaign aims to have South African Sign Language (SASL) approved as South Africa’s 12th official language. Talk Sign Day is on Friday March 9.

Buy a sticker for R10 and wear it to promote Deaf and hearing loss awareness and encourage the hearing to learn basic sign language.

Email alice@thealist.co.za to order stickers or the book, or for more info visit www.talksign.co.za XSupplied.

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