Deaf Awareness Month Program

Yes? No? Sadly, the only people that seem to know it is Deaf Awareness Month are Deaf people, schools for the Deaf, and interpreters. It started about 70 years ago and was meant to “educate" hearing communities about the many issues the deaf population face during everyday life, as well as to honour the history and culture of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

11 September:

Workshop in Basic South African Sign Language

Venue: SASL Lab - Benito Khotseng Building (G6)

Staff on campus (maximum 20 per session)

Sessions:

  • 11:10-12:00
  • 12:10-13:00
  • 14:10-15:00
  • 15:10-16:00

 

12 September:

09:00-14:00
Thakaneng Bridge
Student sessions

 

18 September:

Workshop in Basic South African Language

Venue: SASL Lab - Benito Khotseng Building (G6)

Staff on campus (maximum 20 per session)

Sessions:

  • 11:10-12:00
  • 12:10-13:00
  • 14:10-15:00
  • 15:10-16:00

 

19 September:

09:00-13:00

Thakaneng Bridge

Student sessions

 

25 September:

12:00 Picnic (bring and share)

In front of Main Building (on the grass)

Did you know:

  • South African Sign Language (SASL) is recognised and used as a first language by about 600 000 Deaf South Africans.
  • Since 1996, SASL was officially recognised as the language of learning and teaching for the majority of Deaf learners in South Africa
  • There are about 40 schools for the Deaf in South Africa
  • That there are more sign languages in the world than spoken languages?
  • That 90% of all Deaf children are born to hearing parents?
  • That only about 30% of speech is visible on the lips.(i.e.: olive juice/I love you and buy a donkey/baie dankie)
  • That Gallaudet University in Washington, USA, is the only University for the Deaf in the world.

Do you have questions about Deafness or South African Sign Language?

Contact the South African Sign Language Department
T: +27 51 401 2251, or follow LINK for more information on how to study it.


FACULTY CONTACT

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

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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