04 Dec '17, 9pm

The deaf community sees red over signs

The deaf community sees red over signs

The Singapore Association for the Deaf said it is troubled by a Channel 8 Chinese current affairs programme, known as "Hello Singapore", which showed a trainer from a People's Association (PA) SkillsFuture course teaching sign language. The association, which represents individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, said the signs were "inaccurate" and that the trainer is not on the association's list of sign language instructors. Moreover, the trainer was demonstrating Signing Exact English (SEE), and not Singapore Sign Language (SgSL), which the deaf community in Singapore uses. The association said SEE is not a sign language. In the United States, the deaf community uses American Sign Language (ASL). And on its website, SEE makes it clear it is not a replacement for ASL. While ASL is about facilitating communication, SEE is about developing an understanding of the English...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/the-deaf-community-...

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