Know And Use Sign Language?
1. In the past, Sign
Language was not accepted in schools for the Deaf, society in general
as well as within the immediate family. This meant that Deaf children
did not see anybody use Sign Language until they went to school, if at
2. Now that SASL has
been included in the new South African Constitution and accepted as the
official language of instruction in the education of Deaf learners, early
identification and intervention of deaf children are very important.
When a Deaf child is identified (as early as possible)
the following people should learn and use SASL when communicating with
- Parents - to facilitate bonding between the Deaf child and its parents.
- Siblings - to provide a signing environment for the Deaf sibling.
- Relatives - to give a Deaf child a sense of belonging to the extended
family as well.
3. SASL should be learnt in Deaf community centers
or Deaf clubs to enable people to acquire it naturally.
4. Deaf adults themselves should teach SASL.
5. Deaf adults also function in Deaf community centers
and clubs as role models not only for Deaf children but also for parents
and other family members as well.
6. Crèches and daycare centers should have
Deaf adults as caretakers to ensure SASL acquisition and development.
7. Teachers of the Deaf teaching in schools for
the Deaf should be competent and fluent users of SASL as a medium of instruction
and should also teach SASL as a school subject.
8. Other service providers such as social workers,
counselors, psychologists, nurses and the police should also learn SASL
in order to communicate with the client directly.
9. In other communicative situations, e.g. in a
doctor's consultation room, police stations, court rooms, tertiary learning
institutions etc., the services of SASL interpreters should be sought
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