May 30, 2019

Tell me a story in Argentine Sign Language

Six new stories in LSA
Six new stories in LSA

Tell me a story in LSA (Argentine Sign Language), the project in which elderly deaf adults meet face to face or virtually with deaf children to tell stories and share conversations in their language, Argentine Sign Language, ended its second stage.

On this occasion, a specially trained group of storytellers visited 4 schools and participated as storytellers in 6 new stories that will be disseminated through www.cuentoslsa.org.ar a free Internet site.

Although storytelling is one of the most important moments between parents and their children, this does not happen with deaf children, since hearing families (who represent 90% of the population) do not know sign language.

The direct contact with elderly deaf adults in schools for the deaf has been an excellent opportunity for little deaf children to interact with linguistic and cultural references that serve as models so that deaf children can be projected in the future.

Deaf children age 4 to 8 enjoyed this encounter, interacted in sign language with their elderly peers while participating in a cultural literary experience.

You are invited to watch and listen to these new stories! www.cuentoslsa.org.ar

Monica tells a story in front of the camer
Monica tells a story in front of the camer
Marcelo participates from the filming of one video
Marcelo participates from the filming of one video
Monica tells a story in LSA
Monica tells a story in LSA
Celita interacts with deaf children at school
Celita interacts with deaf children at school
Lorena records her voice in Spanish
Lorena records her voice in Spanish

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Dec 11, 2017

Final report. Thank you for your help!

deaf children using videobooks at school
deaf children using videobooks at school

Videobooks in Sign Language for deaf children was born 6 years ago as a result of a literature promotion program. The first 15 videobooks were created without any knowledge about what the final product would look like and without any previous experience in the elaboration of this type of material. It was a huge effort from a large team of hearing and deaf people, committed to improve the education and well-being of deaf children in Argentina.

Over the years, and with the help of people that shared our goals, Videobooks has become a reference of literature for deaf children in Argentina and beyond. During these years the program has also given birth to different projects to promote reading and literature. National Contests of Storytelling in Sign Language, Elderly deaf adults telling stories to little deaf children, Storytelling festivals, a new website with storytelling, a new design of the Videobooks site, the presentation of Videobooks in national and international fairs, the recognition of UNICEF as referents for the elaboration of accessible materials for deaf children, and our latest accomplishment: the internationalization of the project. Today, Videobooks has 60 storybooks in three differente Sign Languages and it is willing to include sign languages of more countries and more books. We are very thankful to all the people that believed in us and that collaborated with the project so that it could be fulfilled.

Although Videobooks will continue growing, today we are starting a new project that will give deaf children the opportunity to have a textbook to learn to read and write in Spanish. We invite you to discover our new proposal at:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/give-deaf-children-in-argentina-a-textbook/

Join us! Let’s promote literacy!

Deaf children Olivia and Mateo ready to read
Deaf children Olivia and Mateo ready to read
Elderly deaf woman telling a story
Elderly deaf woman telling a story
Hearing mother with deaf child enjoying videobooks
Hearing mother with deaf child enjoying videobooks
Dec 1, 2017

National Storytelling Contest in Sign Language

Diplomas for three deaf brother and sisters
Diplomas for three deaf brother and sisters

Continuing with our mission of promoting reading and access to literature for deaf children we organized the Third National Storytelling Contest in Argentine Sign Language. We encourage through this contest that deaf children and young people approach literature, investigate different authors, create their own stories and expose them to other people, illustrate and become artists. Likewise, we aspire to promote potential participants in their full development in a framework of respect for their linguistic and cultural identity.

The competition was targeted to deaf people from all jurisdictions in the country for them to prepare unpublished or known stories, organized in five age groups categories.

Deaf children and adults presented 154 stories video recorded in Sign Language, that were sent to Canales to be evaluated by a jury composed of three deaf people and three LSA interpreters. The jury selected two stories per category (first and second prizes) that will be edited with drawings and voiceovers in a video that will serve as educational material for schools across the country. The stories will be uploaded to an Internet platform - www.cuentoslsa.org.ar  - with free and open access.

The award ceremony was held at the National Congress and was attended by more than 250 deaf children and adults from all over Argentina. Directors and teachers of deaf schools, the Vice minister of education, politicians from The Ministry of culture and representatives of UNICEF were also present at the ceremony.

 Fort the first prize, the contestants received a notebook and the second prize obtained a tablet. Fifteen participants received also a special recognition.

 Both the Contest and the elaboration of the video of stories try to revert the exclusion of cultural promotion programs to which this community is subjected, through a space of participation open to children, adolescents and the deaf community at large.

 We are sharing with you some of the pictures that show the enthusiasm of deaf children at the ceremony. Enjoy!

Aplauses for the winner!
Aplauses for the winner!
The youngest winner receives her tablet
The youngest winner receives her tablet
Deaf participants from the Magnasco school
Deaf participants from the Magnasco school
Intergenerational interactions
Intergenerational interactions
Three sign language interpreters at work
Three sign language interpreters at work
 
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