The Malaysian Federation of the Deaf (MFD) distributed five new sign language books to 21 institutions last week.
The books include a sign language dictionary for children in the form of a DVD, a book for antonyms, a book for synonyms, names of places in Malaysia and in the world, as well as the third volume of a dictionary for Malaysian sign language. Nineteen representatives from the selected schools, libraries, and organizations were presented with two copies of each book.
Among those present at the book presentation ceremony were MFD president Mohamad Sazali Shaari, Kuala Lumpur special education unit head Hamizar Haji Abdul Hadi, and Federal Territories Social Welfare Department deputy director Liah Pariuk.
Excluding the five books launched during the event, MFD has managed to publish 13 sign language books in the past. “In order to create the books, we had to study the needs of deaf children. “This process took about two years to complete,” said MFD president Mohamad Sazali Shaari. “Before publication, MFD will test out prototypes to get feedback and comments to improve the books.”
SK Putrajaya Precinct 18 (1) teacher Engku Noraini Engku Abdullah, 35, alongside her student, Ashraff Eidris Amir Hamidi, nine, were thankful for being given the books.
“I am happy and grateful to receive these books from MFD,” said Engku Noraini who had previously received sign language books from the organization. She said, “The students have fun with the DVDs, especially when they see their own friends as the main characters featured in the interactive videos.”
“When it comes to Ashraff, he has no problems in the classroom. His hearing impairment has never affected his education,” said Engku Noraini. MFD was established in 1997 to improve the quality of life for Malaysians with impaired hearing.
Its main objective is to create a community of deaf people who are academically, socially, and economically capable. It has initiated various programs in the name of assisting the hearing impaired society such as the Sign Language Interpreter (SLI), the Selangor School for the Deaf, a One-Stop Communication Centre, and many more.