Help Develop the Hearing Impaired – Khame

| April 2, 2015

The research monitoring and evaluation officer in the Office of the President under the disability office, Mr Phindi Khame says the population of people with hearing problems cannot develop on its own.

Mr Khame said this at the Botswana Society for the Deaf stakeholders sign language training workshop in Ramotswa on March 30.

“But only when we begin to involve them, recognise them and cater for their needs in the society just like we do for languages, that would be the beginning of a fruitful relationship,” he added.

He said it was a disheartening reality to note that people with hearing impairment struggled on a daily basis in various public service departments. Mr Khame said extreme communication breakdown deterred the deaf community from getting satisfactory services.

Hence, he said the workshop was a positive stride on the part of Botswana Society for the Deaf to improve on the language barrier. He commended Botswana Society for the Deaf for the remarkable job they are doing with regard to representing and aocating for the right of the people with hearing impermanent.

He said Botswana Society for the Deaf is indeed a partner in the development in provision of services to the people with hearing impairment.

Another speaker, Botswana Society for the Deaf executive director, Ms Orapeleng Mokgosi said they are concerned about the high number of people with hearing impairment yet there are little efforts to raise sign language awareness.

Hence, she said they decided that it was important that they convene a stakeholder’s sign language training workshop with an intention to break the language barrier.

Further, she noted that the society is putting an unnecessary strain on people with hearing impairment by failing to communicate with them.

She said there is nothing that those with hearing impairment can do other than using the sign language, hence the need for mainstreaming sign language.

Kgosi Mosadi said there is need to mainstream sign language to break communication barriers with people with hearing impairment.

Nonetheless, she noted that government has laid a foundation through capacitating Ramotswa Center for the Deaf Primary School and other schools which admit people with hearing impairment.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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