This initiative at EEESMA School for the Deaf seeks to empower Deaf individuals, alongside their hearing parents and families, by providing crucial language acquisition and sign language instruction. By ensuring visual linguistic access, the project fosters language inclusion and development, empowering Deaf individuals to advocate for their rights and enjoy linguistic freedom. This transformative endeavor aims to bridge communication gaps, promoting equity in access to language and opportunity.
Five new primary school children at EEESMA School for the Deaf lack linguistic skills, hindering their ability to communicate with others, including their families. The project recognizes the growing need for early language exposure and instruction for Deaf children, acknowledging the importance of sign language acquisition at the youngest age possible. With more families considering enrollment, addressing this linguistic gap is essential for the holistic development of these children.
Train existing and potential teachers to effectively deliver sign language instruction. Priority shown to the youngest students, ensuring early exposure and proficiency. Additionally, the initiative extends its impact beyond the school, offering sign language instruction to parents, family members, and the wider community. By equipping educators and community members with essential skills, the project aims to foster effective communication and bridge the gap between the Deaf and hearing world.
Early exposure to sign language is known to enhance children's language, reading, writing, and reasoning skills, bringing communication to the Deaf and their families. It contributes to the broader community by improving deaf education in the region. The long-term impact extends to future generations, promoting a culture of inclusivity and ensuring the right to express ideas and feelings. Breaking down barriers, this project lays the foundation for a more inclusive and communicative society.