Overstrand Municipal officials ‘listened’ in quiet wonder to Leigh McDonald-Dyers’s inspiring address to make all hearing South Africans aware of - or at least sensitive to - the needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Deaf people normally communicate by lip reading or sign language but “Deaf people love technology” and it became a game-changer as modern day resources assist them to communicate with others.
“Being deaf is not a disability but rather a unique culture and something that adds diversity to our country. I want you to learn how to communicate with us,” Leigh said via sign language interpreter Dimakatso Motimele.
These two ladies are working for eDEAF (acronym for Employ and Empower Deaf), a company that aims to empower the deaf community to be business ready.
They shared some interesting fundamental facts about deafness and sign-language, and the following tips might be helpful: