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The importance of sign language


An interest in the deaf community in the Gaza Strip was highly emerged with the establishment of Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in 1992.

Atfaluna, has been working very hard to improve the quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing people  in the Gaza Strip and demonstrated that all the services provided for deaf people were effective and efficient, yet the empowerment of deaf community is not really possible if their language is marginalised or ignored.

[Man is walking through a hospital ward & talking to someone in sign language.]

[He is now standing in front of four colourful paintings which illustrate a sea side town, the beach and the sea. The four painting are a continuation of one another and act as one piece.]

My name is Tom Dick, in the past, there was no interest in sign language; but now, sign language is being taught to hearing people to facilitate the communication between the deaf and hearing communities.

In this way, we can communicate with hearing people without any need for a sign language interpreter to accompany us.

This is why, sign language should be promoted through training to make it possible for healing and deaf to communicate with each other.

[Footage of a school where the teacher is teaching using sign language, the student are responding using sign language as well.]

[Footage shows adult training sessions in sign language.]

[A lady standing in front of a series of photos of children on the beach, starts talking in sign language.]

My name is Abeer Shaghnoubi, I am a deaf teacher and I want to raise the point that sign language must be taught in schools as any other language, in order to reduce the isolation of deaf people and integrate them into their surroundings.

In this regard I want to send my appreciation to CBM and Atfaluna for all their efforts and the same language courses implemented throughout the years to the community members, which facilitated communication between the deaf and hearing communities.

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International Week of the Deaf 2012

CBM celebrates International Week of the Deaf, which is an opportunity to promote the human rights of deaf people everywhere


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