Books in sign language for deaf children

by Canales Asociacion Civil
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Designing the new collection
Designing the new collection

Today, www.videolibros.org.ar page has 19 children's books in Argentine Sign Language. Next month we will include 5 short stories that are already close to being finalized and that will be presented on Children’s Day. By the end of this year we expect to have six more stories in this collection.

By 2015 Videobooks will have 30 stories in Argentine Sign Language!

Last year the page received more than 32,000 unique each year from 40 different countries. However, sign languages differ from country to country. That's why other countries have called us to assist them for the creation of Videobooks in their local sign languages. 

 

To make this possible, we started working with volunteer attorneys who are accompanying us in the process of intellectual property registration, and the development of a toolkit to train deaf people from other countries to read the stories in their own sign language. We have begun to work this idea with Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil.

For this idea, we were chosen as finalists for the WISE International Award for educational innovation. To help us spread the project Euronews TV chain filmed us for a whole day in order to perform a three-minute short film that will be translated into 13 languages and broadcasted worldwide.

 

We need YOUR help!

We want Videobooks to become a reality for deaf children from other countries!

Euronews shooting in a deaf school
Euronews shooting in a deaf school
Euronews at Canales
Euronews at Canales' headquarters
Deaf team working
Deaf team working
Deaf student telling the story
Deaf student telling the story

THANKS TO YOU the video with the stories in Argentine Sign Language that won the National Sign Language Contest is becoming a reality to be enjoyed by more than 8,000 deaf children and adults.

Today we finished editing the DVD that will be sent to all schools for the deaf! From the eight winning stories, one was filmed again in high quality. The deaf narrator came to Canales accompanied by the deaf student who illustrated the story and with his teachers. We are sharing some photos of that moment.

Another story - the only one invented by a deaf participant - was illustrated by Carolina Chebi, a visual artist and those drawings were animated .

The DVD containing the 8 winners’ stories, two special mentions and a short film of the awards ceremony at the National Congress, will be delivered to all the winners and will be sent to deaf schools.

We wish to continue the work in this line of action, and for that we need YOUR help. Our idea is to create a collection of short stories in Argentine Sign Language for older children and deaf adults to access literature in their own language.

Every donation means one step closer to the creation of a new book in LSA that will become part of the website www.videolibroslsa.org.ar created by Canales.

Teachers celebrating the end of the story
Teachers celebrating the end of the story
Deaf narrator, illustrator and teachers
Deaf narrator, illustrator and teachers

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Little Olivias voice
Little Olivias voice

After the successful Story Contest in Argentine Sign Language, we are working on a DVD that contains the eight winning stories plus two distinctions. There are 10 stories in total that will be part of a video that we will deliver free of charge to approximately 100 schools for the deaf. That means that over 8000 deaf children will be able to enjoy stories told by deaf people from all ages and from different parts of Argentina.

 In addition to the stories, the video will include a short film of the awards ceremony held at the National Congress. The goal is that all deaf people in the provinces be able to participate in some form of what happened in Buenos Aires.

 We also made transcriptions of the tales in Spanish, and we call different people that helped us with the voiceover, to make the stories accessible to all.

 We are sending with this report some photos of the recording of the voices.

 We hope the video will be ready when classes start in Argentina!

Gonzalo
Gonzalo
Anahi
Anahi
Nico
Nico
Pablo
Pablo
Auditorium
Auditorium

 

Carrying on with the programs that promote reading, we organized an event at the National Congress which attracted more than 250 people mostly deaf children of various schools. They came from Santa Fe, Cordoba and Buenos Aires.
 
We organized this event to promote the creativity of deaf children, youth and adults through storytelling and reading. The jury was formed by three young deaf: Eduardo Cabrera, Lisandro Rodríguez Fuentes and Fabian Kenseyan, who evaluated the videos and selected the winners. These guys are very active members of the deaf community who have much experience on reading and making videos. They also know which stories are trendy in the deaf community and were able to understand and evaluate the stories submitted from shared cultural codes.
 
To select the winning stories the judges considered the visual strategies used, the use of sign language, the expressions, the non-manual features that are part of the Argentine Sign Language (LSA), creativity in storytelling and fidelity of both languages.
 
In addition to the winning stories, 10 outstanding narrators were recognized with special mentions. As part of the contest 10 stories are in the process of publishing and will be delivered on DVD to schools for the deaf and will be uploaded to a website.
The photos from the events show the joy of all the participants
The Winners
The Winners
The Winners
The Winners
The Winners
The Winners
The Winners
The Winners
Special mentions
Special mentions
Meet the winners through the pictures
Meet the winners through the pictures

The videobooks represent an inexhaustible source of ideas to promote reading. This time, the idea was to invite all deaf children, youth and adults throughout in the country to participate in the second Storytelling Contest in Argentine Sign Languaje (LSA).

The announcement was made nationally and the competition was split into two categories: Storytelling and Reading. We found it interesting to include these categories to reinforce the idea that storytelling and reading are two different processes that require different strategies. Each of these categories was also divided by age: up to 14 years and from 15 years.

To design, spread and develop the idea Canales called three deaf people who have experience in editing videos and developing stories. Two of them come from deaf families, two have participated as readers in videobooks and one has participated in the first contest of stories we did in 2007.

We received 154 stories that were sent by deaf adults, children and adolescents from 20 different schools spread in seven provinces of our country.

The eight winners have been honored at the awards ceremony that was held at the Argentine National Congress. Over 250 deaf children from across the country participated from that Ceremony. We invite you to meet the winners through the pictures we took during the event. More pictures can be seen at http://goo.gl/d5bXF

The second part of this initiative will be editing the eight winning stories on a DVD that will be distributed in the schools.

Meet the winners through the pictures II
Meet the winners through the pictures II
Meet the winners through the pictures III
Meet the winners through the pictures III
Meet the winners through the pictures IV
Meet the winners through the pictures IV
Meet the winners through the pictures V
Meet the winners through the pictures V
Meet the winners through the pictures VI
Meet the winners through the pictures VI
Meet the winners through the pictures VII
Meet the winners through the pictures VII
Meet the winners through the pictures VIII
Meet the winners through the pictures VIII
Meet the winners through the pictures IX
Meet the winners through the pictures IX
Meet the winners through the pictures X
Meet the winners through the pictures X
Meet the winners through the pictures XI
Meet the winners through the pictures XI
Meet the winners through the pictures XII
Meet the winners through the pictures XII
 

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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

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