Structure of DEAFSA
The Structure of DEAFSA
The following objectives from the
basis towards which all DEAFSA's activities are geared:
1. To develop and maintain grassroots structures
and projects for the empowerment of Deaf people on a national, provincial
or local level.
2. To assist and guide in the formation of local societies or clubs for/of
3. To promote the recognition of Sign Language as the official language
used by Deaf people in South Africa.
4. To develop curricula and training in South African Sign Language and
interpreter services and to establish and maintain standards of Sign Language
training and interpreter services.
5. To be the official representation channel between members of DEAFSA
and the government for the purposes of equalization of opportunities and
full participation and integration of Deaf people in society.
6. To cooperate with government in all measures concerning the human rights
of Deaf people and to ensure that the human rights and welfare of Deaf
people are reflected in all government legislation.
7. To educate the public and promote public awareness of Deaf people and
deafness by disseminating information and research findings.
8. To investigate the living and accessibility conditions of Deaf people
in South Africa and to observe, address, protect, and promote the human
rights of all Deaf people in all spheres.
9. To promote Deaf awareness, Deaf culture and life skills amongst Deaf
people to enable them to become self-assertive and empowered.
10. To promote research and training programs to meet the specific needs
of the Deaf community.
11. To research any question or proposal concerning the causes of deafness
and the education, training, employment and well being of Deaf people.
12. To raise funds and to market services and/or projects aimed at Deaf
people to the general public.
13. To cooperate with all national and international organizations of
the Deaf and other disabled groups.
14. These broad objectives or goals are striving towards within the parameters
of each of the following specific key aims of DEAFSA.
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