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DeafWire Edition – 25 November 2023

Weekly DEAFWIRE news recaps
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Council fined for lack of support

The town county council in Somerset has been fined nearly £10,200 GBP in total for poor performance in supporting two siblings, a Deaf male student named Mr. Y and an autistic female student named Ms. Y (their names are being kept anonymous to protect their safety). The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) said that the Somerset County Council did not help nor support the Deaf and disabled with special educational needs on time. As a result, the council has received five separate fines over the past year due to various delays and confusion in social workers’ assessments of educational needs.


First Deaf woman to become legal advocate

In the history of Indian judiciary, a new chapter is being written. Sarah is India’s first Deaf advocate. Despite the challenges she faced, Sarah pursued her dream of studying law and specialized in Constitutional Law, Disability Law, and Human Rights Law. She is not just a lawyer. She is a beacon of hope, aiming to try cases for people with disabilities, encouraging more individuals like her to enter the legal field. Sarah’s parents, Sunny and Betty raised three children, including Sarah and her twin sister Maria. They emphasized the importance of a positive attitude, quality living environment, and providing opportunities for self-sufficiency and career guidance to children with disabilities.



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Police donate to Deaf school

Police officers from the South African Police Services (SAPS) brought sports equipment to Deaf students at the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal. They wanted to help the children focus on their physical development and keep them away from criminal activities. The police leader, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, the police leader, and his team donated school sports and fun game equipment like soccer and netball balls, table tennis, floor chess, and chess pieces.

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Goa 2023 Film Fest focuses on inclusion

The 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which will be held in Goa from 20 to 28 November 2023 has changes to be more welcoming for everyone, especially for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The government and organizers wanted to ensure that their films could reach a wider audience by making the festival more accessible and inclusive. The festival plans to showcases over 270 films in 10 days. Anurag Thakur, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, shares that they’re working on the Accessible India, Accessible Films program to ensure everyone, including the Deaf community, can enjoy the celebration with the films.


New app to connect Deaf to interpreters

A new app Amsaan is co-founded by Vitalii Potapchuk, a Deaf Ukrainian expat in the UAE. Amsaan uses QR codes to connect Deaf individuals to sign language interpreters for seamless conversation – anywhere, anywhere. From museums and libraries to every corner of the world, Amsaan transforms static information into sign language videos, making information more accessible. With Amsaan, Deaf people can make phone calls too. Just call an interpreter, dictate the number, and you’re connected. We understand the struggle of not having proper subtitles in online videos and multimedia materials. That’s why Amsaan is here to fill the gap, offering sign language interpretation options in online platforms, enabling Deaf individuals to actively participate in important discussions.

This DeafWire EDITION is presented by H3 World TV, an international Deaf media organization producing TV programs in International Sign (IS).

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