Help Deaf Children learn to read and write

by Canales Asociacion Civil
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
Help Deaf Children learn to read and write
deaf girl at storytelling festival
deaf girl at storytelling festival

Covid-19 has blasted through deaf children’s lives as never before. 

Why?

As most deaf children do not share their language with their families, they get their first contact with sign language at school. Deaf schools are the only place in which little deaf children can acquire Sign language, their natural language, and where older children have the opportunity to improve their linguistic skills by sharing their ideas with others, conversing in their own language, and learning and interacting in a fully accessible environment.

The exclusion of deaf children at home has become all too glaring during the pandemic. Suddenly, their tiny accessible world disappeared; they lost communication with their surroundings and they were in serious danger of falling through the cracks.. 

This critical situation quickly activated our interinstitutional network. We realized that within this setting our educational materials would serve as a bridge for deaf children to get in touch with content and literature in Sign Language from home.

Our recommendations and accessible videos have reached thousands of children that would have stayed otherwise excluded. Unicef Latinamerica and the Caribbean called us to integrate a task force team for children with disabilities. The National Congress Library created an accessible resource platform for children’s books in which our Videobooks and other stories in Sign Language have been shared.

Likewise, the Ministries of Education in both the capital city and in the province of Buenos Aires disseminated videobooks in their programs to accompany their students during isolation. 

The Ministry of Culture, through their platform “Culture at Home”, spread our websites with stories of elderly deaf adults and also included the stories that took part in the “Storytelling in Sign Language” contest organized by Canales.

It has become abundantly clear that deaf children need special educational material in order to have the autonomy to study at home. 

We need to increase the number of videos in Argentine Sign Language for deaf children to have equal opportunities to access quality education.

Let’s do it together, join us!

deaf adults interact with deaf children
deaf adults interact with deaf children
Enjoying digital Videobooks at home
Enjoying digital Videobooks at home
Digitalizing sign language videos during isolation
Digitalizing sign language videos during isolation
Launching new Videobooks during the pandemic
Launching new Videobooks during the pandemic
We keep working from home!
We keep working from home!

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We generated 40 copies of textbooks that benefited: 2,000 deaf students and more than 160 teachers who will enrich their strategies to promote and share the development of more accessible literacy materials in schools for the deaf in Argentina. In turn, this achievement made it possible for families to follow the teaching processes at home, which strengthens the main objective of the aid program so that deaf children can have access to writing and reading. The work that we do on a daily basis in Canales has a very important impact since, in Argentina, there are 95,000 children and young people under 20 years of age with hearing disabilities. 95% come from hearing families who do not know sign language.

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10 new Videobooks in LSN
10 new Videobooks in LSN

Did you know that Sign Languages are different in every country?

There are 34 million deaf children around the world and only 2% have access to reading. One of the reasons is the lack of books in their natural language.

Ninety-five percent of deaf children are born into hearing families who do not know sign language and therefore do not read them stories in an accessible language, leaving them excluded from stories and literature. At Canales we work to reverse this situation: if children have access to literature, they will have better opportunities to be readers and have greater access to information.

This is why we started in 2015 an internationalization process for our Videobook Project. We added to our site children’s books read in Sign Languages from other Spanish speaking countries. Our first project was with our neighbor country Uruguay, we continued with Paraguay and we are proud to present you today Videobooks read in Nicaraguan Sign Language (LSN).

Our Canales´ team together with Nicaraguan deaf and hearing people created a series of ten literary pieces  - poems and stories - mostly from the renowned Nicaraguan writer Rubén Darío in LSN. We articulated the work with the UNICEF office in Nicaragua, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education, the Nicaraguan Deaf Association and the Nicaraguan Sign Language Association. 

Aside from the elaboration of videobooks, we trained a team of approximately 25 deaf leaders and hearing Sign Language interpreters from Nicaragua for them to learn how to create literary material for Nicaraguan deaf children.

The creation of books in various Sign Languages not only gives children from other countries the opportunity to meet other deaf communities, their language and their culture, but also and most importantly, contributes to think and compare languages. This ability enables intellectual development, metalinguistic competence and help deaf children understand other worlds.

We are convinced that all children around the world have the right to access literature, culture and knowledge in their own language.

Thanks to YOUR HELP more children around the Globe have the opportunity to enjoy literature and become readers.

Visit us in www.videolibros.org and look for the new LSN Videobooks!!

Training workshops
Training workshops
Preparing the film studio
Preparing the film studio
Deaf Nicaraguan readers
Deaf Nicaraguan readers
Presenting Videobooks to Deaf Nicaraguan students
Presenting Videobooks to Deaf Nicaraguan students
Previews concentration. the team behind the scene
Previews concentration. the team behind the scene
Voiceovers recording
Voiceovers recording
The black ship. A Nicaraguan tale
The black ship. A Nicaraguan tale

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A fun surprise
A fun surprise

Playing while reading in Argentine Sign Language

Videobooks is a project that promotes access to literature and culture, driven by the pleasure of reading. A project that has been recognized national and internationally because it is an innovative way to bring deaf children close to literacy. This time, we take another step on this path and that is why we created a new way of linking girls and boys with the world of books: through games and fun.

We developed 23 interactive games associated to nine of the videobooks available on the www.videolibros.org platform so that deaf girls, boys and adolescents can play online and relate to literature from a playful perspective.

The proposal includes puzzles, memotests, catching and aiming games, creation games and the well-known “Simon”.

They starting point came from an exchange between hearing and deaf girls and boys that we carried out in alliance with Puerta 18 Foundation. Games have been created in the collaborative platform Scratch, with the guidance of one of the facilitators of that institution and in a team coordinated by a Deaf young man.

Immanuel is 8, and he is one of thousands deaf children that will benefit from this new way of interacting with the platform. He looks excited while he gets in contact with books, plays and reads.

This is one more example of the multiple perspectives, contributions and disciplines that characterize our projects.

One more step to ensure that the right of deaf girls, boys and adolescents to access stories in their first language and to play is respected.

Help us pursue our aim!

Let´s give deaf children the opportunity to enjoy reading!

See a demo of how to play at www.videolibros.org (click here).

Play with videobooks
Play with videobooks
Games
Games
Memotest
Memotest
Presentation at the Internat'l week of the Deaf
Presentation at the Internat'l week of the Deaf
Catch the candies
Catch the candies

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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
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Canales Asociacion Civil

Location: Capital Federal, Buenos Aires - Argentina
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Silvana Veinberg
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Capital Federal, Buenos Aires Argentina
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