The majority of deaf people to no fault of
their own can not read with understanding.
One reason is that their language of Signs
"Sign Language" does not coincide with the
The second reason is that these special
people from birth to their present age did not
have the "norm" of a childhood regarding
communication with Parents and other
relatives "the first Teachers". Deafness
blocked the ability to build a vocabulary
syntax of each concepts.
In other words, what children normally learn
growing up was not available to these
special people because of deafness.
The Conference serves these special people
by providing a lectures on topics that are
meaningful to them in their own language. After
the lecture the session is open for questions.
Often the questions leads to the development of
a new Lecture topic.
The following shows the meaningfulness about
this program. It may seem insignificant, but to
the deaf people it is a real concern for many.
|Providing deaf children and deaf adults"
access to information "knowledge" in
their their own language of Signs
The usual response communicated by the deaf;
" I didn't not know I make noise when I eat!"
|During a counseling session, a young lady with
a disturbing look asked;
"When I am eating soup, why do those also
eating look at me angrily with their finger
touching their puckered lips?"
The question gave birth to the lecture topic;
" Eating Ethics"
"When soup or any other liquids is
slurped, a disturbing unpleasant noises
is made and upset some hearing
individuals. For that reason they have
unhappy or angry faces."
"The finger touching the puckered lips is
a jester of some hearing people meaning:
"...Stop the noise" "...Don't do that"
(Most popular) "...Quiet!"
|One section of the lecture: "Eating Ethics"
exposed to the Deaf Attendees:
|Many give testimony that they too experienced the
but now with the knowledge received they are at
peace with family members!
Simple... but meaningful to the Deaf and their
family, because the lecture provided for them
comfortable moments together when dinning.
"Deafness obligates the thought process
to be different than that of hearing.
The Psychology of Deafness as it relate to
the thought process requires the language of
Signs with body expressions"
|In the conferences, the lan guage of Signs is
the form of communication.
|A television lecture being interpreted to the deaf people
during a DMI Conference in Colombia South America