Books in sign language for deaf children

by Canales Asociacion Civil
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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Deaf and hearing Referents from four countries
Deaf and hearing Referents from four countries

We have been invited by UNICEF to work on accessible educational materials for deaf children

The Videobooks reached many parts of the world and became referents for the realization of other educational materials for deaf children. We are proud that an institution as renowned as UNICEF has called us to present our books in Sign Language as a model for the development of accessibilty for deaf children.

The invitation is part of an initiative by UNICEF for the production of accessible formats of the manuals children use at school for all disabled children. The main objective is that all children, regardless of whether they have a disability or what type of disability they have, have access and use the same reading materials as all children.

The "Universal Design for learning materials through digital textbooks accessible" program, is an initiative led by UNICEF to establish guidelines for the production of digital textbooks that are accessible to children and adolescents who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, that use a second language at school, or children who have an intellectual disability and / or learning difficulties.

This year, UNICEF requested to Canales the organization in Buenos Aires of a meeting with deaf education experts, representatives of the deaf community and sign language interpreters of Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. The meeting lasted 3 full days in which 20 people worked to develop a protocol that serves as the basis for the realization of educational manuals in different sign languages.

Last August, we participated in a meeting in New York organized by the department of disability at the central headquarters. The goal was to share the results of the meetings held in Buenos Aires for deaf children, in Uruguay for blind and low vision children, in Brazil for children with intellectual disabilities and learning problems and in Paraguay for children whose first language is Guarani. In this meeting also participated people of the Unicef office in NY, people Inclusion International (Canada) and India.

Why is this project important? Because based on this protocol we are going to be able to produce accessible and quality educational materials for all children with disabilities.

What are the characteristics that must have an educational material for deaf children?

It must be respectful of sign language grammar, the content should not be simplified, and above all, the same deaf people should participate in its production.

This is another step we are taking in Canales for deaf children in Argentina and around the world to access books and literature!

four sign language interpreters, four countries
four sign language interpreters, four countries
workshop in buenos aires
workshop in buenos aires
New York. preparing the protocol
New York. preparing the protocol
presenting Videobooks in NY UNICEF headquarters
presenting Videobooks in NY UNICEF headquarters
Silvana recieves the Vivalectura Award
Silvana recieves the Vivalectura Award

Our projects of reading promotion for deaf children are increasingly known through the interest shown by the mass media and the awards we have received for our work.

Our project “Stories for deaf children in the hands of older deaf adults” received the First VivaLectura Award 2015 in the category Digital Sites. This 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 National Ministry of Education and the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), with the support of the cooperation of the Santillana Foundation.

The prize-giving event was very exciting for all participants and it ended with a “deaf style” applause throughout the auditorium.(see pictures)

Additionally, for the second consecutive year, our Videobooks in Argentine Sign Language project has been selected among the WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) awards finalists.

The WISE Awards, launched by the Qatar Foundation under the leadership of its president, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, recognize and promote initiatives of social entrepreneurs who offer innovative solutions to the big challenges of global education solutions.

The finalists of the WISE Awards are concrete examples of best educational practices that make a positive impact on individuals and communities. Covering a wide range of educational issues, projects are intended to serve as an example to inspire social innovators around the world.

"For the children and young deaf people can find books and stories in their natural language, sign language Argentina, have created www.videolibros.org, free and free site to promote literature, culture, access to information and the pleasure of reading, "says Silvana Veinberg, director and founder of Canales Civil Association.

The 15 finalists of the 2015 WISE Awards Pre-evaluated by a jury of education experts internationally recognized, have implemented an innovative approach with a real impact in their communities, which can be replicated in other regions.

The projects have been presented in the International Book Fair in Buenos Aires,  in SeÑALEES Seminar in Mexico, and in the newspaper El Cisne.

On the other hand, some news stories helped us spread our projects and the situation of deaf children.

We invite you to see the notes on these websites:

http://bit.ly/1HcAArc - Journal of Chile on videobooks

http://bit.ly/1fdWfTC  - A journey through the life of Canales’ projects and Canales’ Director.

HELP US SPREAD VIDEOBOOKS! The more known Videobooks are, the more books we can make.

 

85 year old Celita giving a speech
85 year old Celita giving a speech
Celebration with the deaf grandparents
Celebration with the deaf grandparents
deaf style applauses
deaf style applauses
Interviewing Canales
Interviewing Canales' director
TV Channel interviews one of the deaf grandmothers
TV Channel interviews one of the deaf grandmothers
practicing
practicing

We present you today’s special ACTORS: Grandmothers and grandfathers, deaf and hearing

Do you remember that we told you about the group of deaf “grandparents” that went to schools to tell stories to little deaf children? 120 children of deaf schools in Buenos Aires and around enjoyed the tales told by deaf "grandmothers and grandfathers".

The next step was for the team to choose the stories they wanted to film and upload to a website available to all. After practicing with each of the storytellers, stories were filmed in the Canales’ recording studio (we invite you to view the pictures).

Final shots were selected to edit and on that base, a group of seniors was selected to place their voices over the designated stories.  This way, the stories are narrated in both sign language and Spanish by seniors (deaf and hearing).

The voices have already been sent to be polished to a soundman to be finally sent to the publishers.

To illustrate the stories we have invited a team of illustrators who are working in different stories. All parts - illustrations, sound and film - will be compiled and transformed into beautiful stories told by grandmothers and grandfathers.

We wish to enlarge this collection as it represents the meeting of deaf grandparents with young deaf children through children's literature - one of the main objectives of this project. HELP US MAKE THIS DREAM COME TRUE!

The team
The team
Deaf storytellers discussing
Deaf storytellers discussing
Celita explains how to do it
Celita explains how to do it
Bety at the studio
Bety at the studio
Celita at the studio
Celita at the studio
Dora at the studio
Dora at the studio
Fernando and Evelina
Fernando and Evelina
After 8 hours of shooting
After 8 hours of shooting
voiceover
voiceover
Voiceover
Voiceover
the team
the team

I want to tell you how we got here. The story begins with the creation of Videobooks and continues with the “Classic tales” collection, which included the participation of elderly deaf women. At that time, these women were the ones introducing and closing each classic tale.

This time, we decided to go a step further: grandmothers themselves are the ones telling the stories. For this to become a reality, we had to overcome several obstacles: first, grandmothers do not know the stories because nobody read for them when they were small; secondly, they themselves had never read a story to a child. On the other hand, some grandparents who wanted to participate were quite elderly and we had to be careful not to expose them to long distances and extended times.

The program we are developing now derives from Videobooks and consists of 3 stages: in the first, deaf grandparents were trained by one of the deaf videobooks project coordinators. They chose the stories, discussed and practiced narrative signing. At the second stage grandparents visited schools for the deaf and told the stories to little deaf children from 5 schools for the deaf in Buenos Aires city and around.

Since most deaf children had never had contact with elder deaf people, the experience became a high-impact one. “Step” grandmothers and one grandfather interacted with young deaf children, showing that despite their age, their knowledge represents a great value for the kids.

It was very moving to "listen" to an 85 year old grandmother say with her hands:  this project showed me that I can be useful. I was at home doing nothing and now feel I have a lot to offer.

The third and final part of the project is about to start: we are going to select six of the stories in order to video record and upload them to a blog of free access to all deaf boys and girls!

WE NEED YOUR HELP to give more grandparents the opportunity to spread their stories in sign language to deaf children. 

Deaf coordinator explaining
Deaf coordinator explaining
Selecting the stories
Selecting the stories
Alicia tells a story
Alicia tells a story
Celita interacts with a little deaf child
Celita interacts with a little deaf child
Dora
Dora
everyone wants to participate
everyone wants to participate
deaf grandparents play
deaf grandparents play
Fernando also plays
Fernando also plays
Celita flies
Celita flies

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Organization Information

Canales Asociacion Civil

Location: Capital Federal, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Website: http:/​/​www.canales.org.ar
Project Leader:
Silvana Veinberg
Member of the educative committee
Capital Federal, Argentina