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UFS Deaf Awereness WEB-spotlight1

During the 1950s, the World Federation of the Deaf declared September as Deaf Awareness Month. The aim of this month is to promote the positive aspects of deafness, as well as social inclusion. This year, the Department of South African Sign Language and Deaf Studies with support from the Interpreting services and UFS Department of Communication and Marketing team will be hosting a variety of activities during September to promote a greater understanding of the deaf world and to celebrate our deaf friends and colleagues.

Please view our exciting schedule below and join us for this exciting venture. The schedule includes other UFS activities, for example the 2021 Rector’s Concert as well as the Multilingual Mokete which is taking place during September. You can also keep an eye out for any other initiatives of the department on the university’s media platforms.



WATCH: Learning the SASL Alphabet


WATCH: Introducing Yourself with Sign Language


and Articles


 #UFSDeafAwarenessMonth: Raising awareness is our shared responsibility
         → Read more

 Opinion: Is it important to promote South African Sign Language?
              → Read more

 Read about our SASL interpreters
           → Read more



Awareness Days 2021

The World Federation of the Deaf has identified themes to create awareness for the deaf during the month of September. International Sign Language Day will be celebrated on 23 September.


 Workshops and Symposia

The Department of Sign Language and Deaf Studies are presenting various workshops and programmes, including a Basic South African Sign Language short learning programme.


We will run exciting competitions during September. Want to learn basic SASL? Then enter for one of our challenges.


Interesting facts about SASL and Deafness


Interesting Fact 

Deafness and Deaf people are as old as humanity itself. 

Interesting Fact

Sign language is
not a
universal language. 

Interesting Fact

SASL is an independent language with its own grammar and vocabulary.

Photo Gallery
Deaf Awareness Outreach 2019
A look back: SIGNALS visited the Bartimea School for the Deaf and Blind in Thaba Nchu, where we went to work on the playgrounds – making it colourful again. Students from the university painted and had some fun activities with the learners at the school. Thanks to sponsors such as Mimosa, Partner4life, and Buco, we were able to make this a day of fun for the learners and an opportunity for the students to sign with the deaf community. 

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For more information about the Department, please contact: Cheralle Sinra SinraC@ufs.ac.za +27 51 401 2251



T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Neliswa Emeni-Tientcheu: +27 51 401 2536
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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