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Jun 16, 2020

Spanish as a second language for Deaf children

Textbook Spanish for Deaf children - Level 1
Textbook Spanish for Deaf children - Level 1

In 2015 we started an innovative project to teach Deaf children written Spanish as a second language. Our first textbook aimed to deaf children in first and second grade in primary school was created based on the field of Arts: circus, cinema, painting, and photography… In 2017 we started to think of the second teaching level: a textbook based this time on Science that was released in early 2019.

Today, and thanks to YOUR HELP, we are proud to present our next project: we are starting to design a new textbook for Deaf children finishing primary school. This third level Textbook aimed at deaf students learning Spanish as a second language will be based on topics related to Deaf community: sign language, Deaf culture, bilingual education, famous Deaf people in sports, arts and science.

Due to the quarantine, our meetings are organized via zoom. Two professionals are in charge of the design of activities related to teaching Spanish as a second language, two deaf women provide material abut deaf culture, language and community matters, the team is accompanied by a Sign Language/Spanish interpreter, and the general coordinator is also present in order to have a holistic glance about the whole educative product.

As in the first two textbooks, we plan to illustrate all the activities and to incorporate sign language videos in all the units.

Now more than ever, Deaf children need to have accessible educational material. The pandemic situation left deaf children isolated in their homes with families that do not speak sign language and consequently cannot communicate with them.  In Argentina, schools for the deaf are the only space in which children can freely learn and use their natural language (sign language). We must create material for deaf students to have the opportunity to learn in spite of being far from school.

Let´s help deaf children have a Textbook to learn how to read and write in Spanish!

 

Textbook Spanish por Deaf Children - level 2
Textbook Spanish por Deaf Children - level 2
Working during quarantine
Working during quarantine
First drafts - Textbook Level 3
First drafts - Textbook Level 3
Feb 18, 2020

Coming soon!! Videogames for Videobooks

Teenagers creating videogames
Teenagers creating videogames

Canales works on the creation of tools to promote the literacy of deaf children. One of our projects created in 2011 is Videolibros enSeñas (Videobooks), a website where deaf children find books and digital stories read in Sign Language.

We are in the process of expanding the promotion of literature through the development of interactive games that will be integrated into the Videobooks platform.

We will offer a new way to teach Spanish to deaf children to play, learn, actively participate, express themselves, share and find new challenges as they learn to read and write. This innovation will serve the deaf population to partly overcome exclusion and illiteracy. 

We started working in coordination with Puerta 18 Foundation, a team of professionals that work with teenagers and youngsters from 13 to 24 years of age in technology training projects. Our first step has been a workshop in which deaf teenagers from a deaf school participated together with hearing teenagers from Puerta 18 in a workshop. During 2 hours hearing and deaf teenagers with their coordinators and sign language interpreters interacted and designed different games based on the Videobook “Los elefantes no juegan a las escondidas”.

In a second stage hearing children, helped by their teachers, developed two videogames that were presented to the general public.

After this wonderful experience, the team of coordinators and teachers asked Canales to provide them with a sign language course that was given by a couple of hearing and deaf trainers on basic signs about technology.

A group composed of Deaf and hearing experts will select varied videobooks on which templates of the games will be subsequently designed according to each videobook. Games will be tested with children in deaf schools to ensure that the content is understandable and conforms to the guidelines of the deaf community.

The templates developed will serve as the basis for the creation of games for all the videobooks that are on the platform and for those that are developed in the future.

Our major goal is to bring children back to the books. Gamification works nowadays as an attractive tool to catch children’s attention and this is the way we are transiting.

In order to increase the number of games we need your help!

Please join us in this new adventure to promote reading in deaf children!

 

 

Images of the videobook selected
Images of the videobook selected
children working with the help of the interpreter
children working with the help of the interpreter
Aplause
Aplause
Sign Language workshop for teachers
Sign Language workshop for teachers
presenting the first videogame
presenting the first videogame

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Feb 18, 2020

Informed women, empowered women - LSA videos

Join us! Share the videos!
Join us! Share the videos!

Last November 25th, in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we presented a series of new videos for Deaf women with information accessible in Argentine Sign Language and Spanish.

The Deaf community is constantly faced with language barriers that prevent their access to knowledge and their participation. This condition makes it an extremely vulnerable community. The situation becomes even worse for women when their integrity is at risk due to lack of information, adequate care and access to support networks.

In Canales we seek to reverse this situation through informative videos, which we carry out together with groups of Deaf women who participated in various workshops.

Free access videos include topics such as:

  1. Empowerment,
  2. Law 26,485 on the Integral Protection of Women,
  3. Types of Violence,
  4. Modalities of Violence,
  5. Size law,
  6. Freedom to decide,
  7. Gender Identity and
  8. A synthesis of why this tool is important.

The material can be accessed for free from all our social networks: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Using this link you can share the playlist on YouTube: http://bit.ly/MujeresSordasEmpoderadas with all the videos.

We have also invited organizations and people to share the videos or this short film with the #MujeresSordasEmpoderadas because "Deaf Women have rights, we need to know them".

Canales appreciates the collaboration of organizations of Deaf and hearing women such as Deaf Women Without Violence and Women In Equality Foundation.

Please, help us dissemination these videos to help def women access information!

Gender
Gender
Empowerment
Empowerment
Taking decisions
Taking decisions
Protection law
Protection law
Violence
Violence
Size law
Size law
 
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