DeafWire Edition – 25 May 2024

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Sign language-based music group

Big Ocean is a new Korean popular music (KPOP) group that is changing how the music industry works and is an example of nothing being impossible for Deaf and disabled people. The group consists of three Deaf and hard-of-hearing members: Park Hyun-jin, Kim Ji-seok, and Lee Chan-yeon. In April, Big Ocean went public when they released their first original song, “Glow”, on the Day for Persons with Disabilities in South Korea. However, before their debut, the group posted a sign language version of another boy band, BTS - Bangtan Boys’ song called Dynamite, which caught the attention of Deaf people worldwide. One Deaf person commented on the YouTube video saying, “(watching this video) Made me feel so special and not left out anymore”. Another said “This ROCKS!!! Best thing about this is the message.... Even disability has no limits.” The group said they want to continue releasing songs in Korean Sign Language (KSL), American Sign Language (ASL), and International Sign, so that different audiences can enjoy their music. 


WFD backs Deaf candidate

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) recently sent an email to its members around the world, promoting a Deaf man, Hiroshi Tamon’s candidacy on the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). H3 World TV reached out to WFD for comment about this campaign. A WFD representative, Audrey Sangla, explained that the CRPD Committee oversees how well countries follow the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) globally. The committee’s job is to keep an eye on how the CRPD is understood and put into action. This includes checking reports from countries and organizations representing people with disabilities. Sangla said the WFD believes it is crucial to have Deaf representation on the committee, even though the CRPD Committee does not directly work with the WFD. Sangla believes its efforts will help represent Deaf individuals better, aligning with WFD’s goals.  

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Deaf and hearing students mix

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (NICEF) says that approximately 60% of disabled children in Senegal do not go to school. One of the main factors that lead to this is the stigma associated with disability. Some parents hide their children and prevent them from participating in society. For Deaf children who do want to go to school, the biggest problem is that specialized schools for the Deaf are private and expensive, meaning they require specialized teachers which can be unaffordable for many families. There is currently a shortage of teachers for the Deaf in Senegal, and this severely impacts the country’s capability to educate Deaf children. Because of this issue, some schools are trying a new idea - putting Deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the same classroom as hearing students. 

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Deaf President advocates for youth

In Brussels, the annual meeting of the European Youth Forum at the Assembly of the European Union brought together more than 1,300 dynamic young Europeans. Deaf EUDY President Lydia Gratis issued a statement to this forum. She stressed the importance of understanding how to communicate with Deaf people and how effective communication allows integration into the European youth movement. This is a small step towards uniting to fight for equality, access, and inclusion.


Brotherhood in Deaf motorcyclist groups

In Naples, there are amateur organizations of Deaf motorcyclists. There is also a “Deaf Bones Motorcycle” group in Bologna. In total, there are about 50 Deaf motorcyclists. They have their own brotherhood bond. They organize their own events and hold motorcycle parades together with hearing people.

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