Canales Asociacion Civil

Canales is a non-profit organization conformed by deaf and hearing people concerned by the marginal situation of deaf people in Argentina. We promote the right of deaf children for an accessible education, through educative projects. All our projects are based on the recognition of sign language as the natural language of the deaf, and on the active participation of deaf people in the design and development of educative programs.
Jun 20, 2016

Introducing "The Rights for You and for Me"

10 year old Zoe getting ready for the shooting
10 year old Zoe getting ready for the shooting

We created the Argentine Sign Language(LSA)  video of the children's version for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

CANALES, together with DISCAR Foundation, ANDAR and CARE - Technology for all have been gathered by ASHOKA to work on the written version for children of this International Convention. The idea has been proposed by UNICEF, with the aim of spreading the rights of people with disabilities among children and youngsters.

The text of the Convention was restated and presented in a simple way, with illustrations and exemplified in the Argentine context. This same adaptation was narrated in LSA by members of the deaf community so that deaf children and adolescents, can also access the knowledge of their rights.

This new public and free material was presented during the 42nd Buenos Aires International Book Fair. During the presentation, representatives of associations agreed on the satisfaction and pride that produced the realization of this material. "For us it is very important because we need the Convention accessible in our language, LSA. We formed a team to read and adaptthe text into sign. We worked hardly because we have a strong commitment: deaf children and adolescents have to know their rights to be able to defend themselves" said Lucia, one of the young protagonists of the video, and she added " it is a very important document because we are included there; our language is included and we found it interesting that was the LSA version was possible thanks to the use of technology ".

The main targets of this video are the children, boys and girls. This is why they have been included in the video.   Zoe, a 10 year old deaf girl, who introduced each of the articles of the Convention, took the stage on the day of the presentation to tell his experience: "I am very happy and glad that all children can be part of this type of activities. A second girl – Irene -  who put the voiceover to Zoe’s intervention in the video, said: "I really enjoyed participating in this project because I feel that children should have rights like everyone. Besides, they have many things to say. This is one way for them to know what their rights are. "

The originality of "The Rights for You and Me" is that in the elaboration process participated several organizations with different perspectives, children and young people with and without disabilities were consulted and their opinions were taken into account.

In order to respect the rights of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with all people, it is necessary to assume that everyone in society has the task of breaking down the barriers that prevent access to rights. Today’s children are the men and women of tomorrow. They have now a tool that will help them change the old paradigms that historically excluded people with disabilities from societies. 

Lucia, one of the participants in the LSA video
Lucia, one of the participants in the LSA video
Part of the deaf and hearing video team.
Part of the deaf and hearing video team.
You are invited to the presentation!
You are invited to the presentation!
10 year old Irene speaks to the crowd
10 year old Irene speaks to the crowd
Ashoka fellows working on the written version
Ashoka fellows working on the written version

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Mar 25, 2016

The stories told by elderly deaf adults travel across the country

DVD delivered to 100 schools across Argentina
DVD delivered to 100 schools across Argentina

Our project "Stories for deaf children in the hands of elderly deaf adults" reached its final stage: we have a new site in Internet in which the stories filmed and illustrated are shown in:  http://cuentoslsa.org.ar/

The stories have also been recorded into a DVD and delivered to 100 schools that showed interest in having this material. This free of charge action was possible thanks to donors like YOU, and Andreani Foundation that gave as the free postage for schools far from Buenos Aires.

As all our materials, the stories have voice over in Spanish so that they can be enjoyed also by children and their families who do not know sign language.

This project received the First VivaLectura 2015 Award in the Digital category, which was awarded in the framework of the 41st International Book Fair of Buenos Aires. The award was established in order to stimulate, encourage and pay tribute to the most outstanding experiences in the promotion of reading. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Education's Office and the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), with the support of the cooperation of the Santillana Foundation.

This year we would like to organize a storytelling Festival 2016 in which deaf and hearing elderly people will be the storytellers for small deaf and hearing children. Our idea is to invite children from regular and deaf schools for them to be able to share stories told in Spanish and in Argentine Sign Language with the intervention of sign language interpreters.

We designed post cards for children and adults to “give away” a story, with the intention of spreading the Internet site and promoting books and reading.

It is an important goal of this project to encourage deaf children to meet elderly role models and to stimulate intergenerational encounter through the promotion of literature.

 

Tell me a story. website
Tell me a story. website
Post card. The witch
Post card. The witch
Teachers recieved our materials
Teachers recieved our materials

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Dec 28, 2015

Videobooks spreads even further

Gala dinner
Gala dinner

Our project VIDEOBOOKS - to promote reading in Argentine Sign Language for deaf children - is growing not only in Argentina but also in the world. This year we were one of six international award winners of the WISE award and were invited to Qatar to receive it. The event was held within the agenda of the World Innovation Summit for Education. Thanks to this award our project was propagated in other countries: Italy, Colombia, Chile through newspaper articles and the television channel Al Jazeera and Euronews for the Arab region and Europe. With the support the WISE Award, in 2015 we will begin the expansion of the national videobooks project to the entire region. Our interest is not only to increase the amount of videobooks in Argentina, but also to expand into other Spanish-speaking countries and Brazil.

 Although sign languages are different in each country, videobooks can be used in all Spanish-speaking countries just by changing the deaf reader. This way, the process speeds up greatly, and it also economizes resources which in turn favors the increase in the amount of videobooks.

 We will start working with Uruguay since we have done some preliminary work with them.

 To meet our goals, projects have broadened in several directions: the inclusion of a new page with stories narrated in sign language for deaf "Grandparents", the increase in the number of books and stories in Argentine Sign Language, and now the possibility to cross the borders of our country.

 In addition, we began to work with a team in measuring the impact that videobooks is having on the deaf children and teachers. We want to know how they are being used, what age are the deaf children, if they understand the LSA, etc. The idea is to improve the site and also the books to increase the number of deaf children around the world that will have the opportunity to access literature through their natural language.

 If this is also your wish, help us make it come true!

the six winners
the six winners
preparing ourselves for the presentation
preparing ourselves for the presentation
workshop showing videobooks
workshop showing videobooks
the prize
the prize

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