Darul Ta’zim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT) is conducting a three-day sign language course for free to raise awareness on the need for a more inclusive form of communication.
Its chief executive Nurul Naqiah Fadzil said she hoped the course would open the public’s eyes to the needs and challenges faced by the hearing- and speech-impaired community.
“We are collaborating with Johor Deaf Society to teach the participants about sentence structure as well as to increase their sign language vocabulary and other techniques for better communication.
“It is an intermediate course, so the participants should have some basic knowledge of sign language or have participated in any of our basic sign language courses to better grasp the contents.
“Of course, they should possess an interest in helping the less-abled community, ” she said.
She added that the second session of the three-day course would end tomorrow.
The first session was held from April 4 to 6. Nurul Naqiah said the course, which is being held in Desaru, Kota Tinggi, was fully sponsored by the foundation, which included accommodation and meals.
“Our aim is to get more people interested in sign language as a form of communication to help the less-abled community get through their everyday life.
“It can also break down barriers, especially in the public sector and service industry, and better assist the hearing- and speech-impaired, particularly when they come forward for services and applications, ” she said.
Nurul Naqiah added that there were only two full-time sign language interpreters working in YPKDT in Johor.
She said they were usually tasked to handle sign language communication at government events and programmes.
“We hope more people will be interested in sign language in order to have a more inclusive communication for all, ” she added.