Learn a Language and Talk Sign
KZN Blind and Deaf Society launches 2018 Talk Sign campaign
Thinking of learning a language? Then why not South African Sign Language?
The KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society recently launched its 2018 Talk Sign campaign, which is now in its fifth year.
The campaign aims to ensure that all people, school children particularly, become aware of Sign Language and the plight of deaf people. The society is therefore calling on all South Africans to support the venture to promote Sign Language and make it South Africa’s 12th official language.
To this end, the society is hosting its annual Talk Sign Day in March, Human Rights Month, and the date to diarise is March 9.
To assist the society in its campaign to create awareness among the South African hearing community, it is asking members of the public to buy a sticker for R10.00 and wear it on Talk Sign Day to promote deaf awareness and encourage the hearing to learn basic Sign Language. This will promote the language and, in turn, enable two-way communication.
The long-term plan is to full integrate the deaf community into schools, social and competitive sports, workplaces and all other aspects of life.
The event also saw the launch of the society’s first Sign Language guide, Talk Sign 1, a reference book for Sign Language educators. It can be ordered for R165 (plus R60 courier fee). And if you are up for the challenge of learning Sign Language, contact the KwaZulu-Natal Blind and Deaf Society to find out about the Sign Language courses it offers.
All proceeds to towards education and job creation for those who are deaf.