Children who are deaf or hard of hearing have no option but to attend regular public schools in their communities that do not offer any instruction in Mexican Sign Language. Without sign language there is no meaningful learning; deaf children are left to languish in a classroom with no communication; or their families simply choose not to have them attend school. We bring these children to a school for special education where they will be taught by competent teachers using Mexican Sign Language.
There are over 100 deaf children in and around San Miguel de Allende, many of whom live in rural communities that do not have reasonable access to attend Escuela de Educacion Especial. As these children and their families have never learned Mexican Sign Language they are unable to effectively communicate with each other. These children remain illiterate and unskilled with few prospects for the future. Deaf children grow into deaf adults who are ostracized and discriminated against.
Initially 10 deaf children will be identified, contact made with their families and arrangements made to either bring them to school , if feasible, or have a teacher go to them in their communities. After gaining trust over time, the families will eventually allow their children to travel to San Miguel de Allende to attend Escuela de Educacion Especial on a regular basis.
Educating deaf children and teaching them and their families to communicate with sign language will help raise awareness and enlighten families and their communities about the true abilities of deaf people. When the Deaf are able to contribute financially to their families, it will benefit them, their families and, indirectly, the community as a whole. Depending on the size of the families of the 10 children initially helped, we estimate over 500 people will be positively affected.