14th Deaf Awareness Week: One Heart, One Voice
LIKE any disabled person, a deaf person is capable of doing almost everything despite being hearing-impaired. The perception that deaf people can not communicate well has long been debunked. Deaf persons do communicate through their own recognized language a" sign language. Moreover, through assistive devices, including the ubiquitous mobile phone, deaf persons are also able to convey their messages to the hearing public much more easily.
To enable deaf people to communicate, their disability should be recognized early and the appropriate accommodation and assistance given. For one, sign language, as well as lip-reading skills, would have to be learned through formal instruction. Since the structure of the sign language varies from the languages spoken and comprehended by the hearing population, deaf persons must be assisted in understanding the differences so that they can effectively relay their thoughts to hearing people who are also encouraged to learn sign language.
In our society, the rights of the disabled, specifically deaf persons, have been recognized, protected, and fulfilled, …
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Publication information: Article title: 14th Deaf Awareness Week: One Heart, One Voice. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: November 9, 2005. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.