ACCR launches ‘Sign Language Friends’ initiative

Wed 24-01-2018 20:50 PM

AL AIN, 24th January, 2018 (WAM) — The Al Ain Centre for Care and Rehabilitation, ACCR, following the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, ZHO, has launched the “Sign Language Friends” volunteer initiative, which aims to promote sign language among members of the community.

Moza Ahmed Al Salami, Director of the Centre, said that the aim of the initiative is to raise the awareness of the community about the use of sign language and its importance in highlighting the social aspect of community and cultural relations, through integrating people of determination with hearing disabilities into the community, preparing a group of volunteers capable of communicating through sign language, and providing their services to community members.

She stressed that the programme will involve the personal and collective efforts of its volunteer members while adding that it is about the desire and self-motivation to achieve its goal of promoting sign language. She also explained that a working team has been formed, made up of ACCR employees, to organise a series of training workshops on the basics of sign language for volunteers from the Fakhr Abu Dhabi, Mawaleef and Al Watan teams, as well as other volunteers.

Al Salami further stated that the various stages of the initiative include the formation of working teams with members from various volunteer organisations and qualified instructors who can communicate with the hearing impaired, as well as establishing a volunteer team of deaf people through appropriate activities and events, and preparing a combined team capable of communicating with the deaf using sign language, under the title, “Sign Language Friends.”

The initiative’s vision includes promoting sign language in the community, strengthening the spirit of volunteer work in the promotion of sign language, and improving the confidence of the hearing impaired through constructive programmes and activities, with the aim of creating an aware community.

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