St Martin hosts Talk Sign Campaign

2017-03-23 06:03

AS part of Talk Sign Day, which was celebrated on March 10 St Martin de Porres held its Talk Sign Campaign 2017 on Monday, to which pupils, principals and hearing specialists from hospitals and clinics were invited.

The aim was to recognise deaf people, create awareness and emphasise the importance of including deaf people in everyday lives.

The St Martin Foundation Phase pupils performed poetry in sign language and teachers “translated” for guests.

Principal Dion Davey said the school offers sign language lesson every week and invited everyone to attend.

“The lessons are every Saturday and are co-ordinated by the deputy principal Mr Hlongwa.”

Sign language specialist Taskeen Ameer explained the symptoms of hearing loss or hearing problems and said a person with a hearing problem experiences ear infections, buzzing in the ear and difficulty hearing in a noisy environment.

She said if anyone notices that a person has difficulty in hearing they must advise them to visit audiologists at Murchison Hospital, Gamalakhe CHC and Port Shepstone Hospital.

“There are do’s and don'ts when communicating with deaf people. Never touch their body to get attention, don’t shout and when they talking to you do not just stare at them without expression,” said Ameer.

The do's include speaking to them from a comfortable position, use hand gestures to support what you saying and maintain eye contact.

Sign language teacher, Peggy Shoba taught attendees phrases and the alphabet in sign language.

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