Saturday, 29 September 2018

All with hearing loss sign?

More misguided/misleading propaganda from the signing community, this time from the middle east.

If the law recognizes sign language as an official language like other languages spoken in the country and the language is used in educating deaf people and hard of hearing people many of their problems would be solved, ISNA quoted Akram Salimi as saying on Friday. 

Salimi made the remarks on the occasion of the first United Nations International Day of Sign Languages which is celebrated annually on September 23 as part of the International Week of the Deaf running between Monday September 24 and Sunday September 30, 2018.  International Day of Sign Languages took place under the theme of ‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’ 

One of the major problems confronting people with hearing loss is the limited use of sign language in educational settings which result in increasing dropout rate among this group of people, she lamented. “In order to address this issue we have designed curriculums which suit people with hearing loss in association with literacy Movement Organization to help educate adult and youth dropouts with hearing loss,” Salimi explained. 

“We have also launched a campaign demanding recognition of sign language as an official language,” she said, adding that so far some 8,000 students with hearing loss have joined the campaign. 

If the law recognizes sign language as an official language like other languages spoken in the country and the language is used in educating deaf people and hard of hearing people many of their problems would be solved, ISNA quoted Akram Salimi as saying on Friday.   Salimi made the remarks on the occasion of the first United Nations International Day of Sign Languages which is celebrated annually on September 23 as part of the International Week of the Deaf running between Monday September 24 and Sunday September 30, 2018.

International Day of Sign Languages took place under the theme of ‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’   One of the major problems confronting people with hearing loss is the limited use of sign language in educational settings which result in increasing dropout rate among this group of people, she lamented.

“In order to address this issue we have designed curriculums which suit people with hearing loss in association with literacy Movement Organization to help educate adult and youth dropouts with hearing loss,” Salimi explained. 

“We have also launched a campaign demanding recognition of sign language as an official language,” she said, adding that so far some 8,000 students with hearing loss have joined the campaign. 

ATR:  Such blanket statements need to be challenged.  Iran has no effective survey to determine how many are deaf, how many have hearing loss, or, how many use sign language.  The country make-up is divided by sectarianism making effective surveys impossible.  The most glaring misleading statement, is the one where 'hearing loss' is mooted alongside deafness and sign language use/cultural ID, suggesting all with hearing loss use person sign language when, they could only ID a few thousand in their capital city.    

Like all in the western world they do not declare actual or regular usage proof, and include the majority with hearing issues who DON'T sign at all. Sign language isn't for everyone, only, for a minority, and only for the DEAF.  It's wider use can only rely on hearing learning it, until then the reliance, is on 3rd parties, which isn't inclusion but assisted particiaption...

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