DeafWire Edition – 4 November 2023

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Deaf security guards

In Cochabamba, Bolivia, two deaf individuals named Sarah Nina and Juan Pablo Arispe have secured jobs as guards. Sarah works in City Security, while Juan works for the Intendency at the Municipal Office. Over a year ago, they passed both theoretical and practical exams, proving their suitability for these positions. According to Article 2, Paragraph I, of Supreme Decree 29608, dated June 18, 2008, public institutions are obligated to employ people with disabilities, with a minimum requirement of 4%.


No interpreters, no schools

In Callao – Lima, Peru, Dann Ticona Cabrera (20) is a young man with a hearing disability who eagerly awaited the start of his classes at the Public Pedagogical Higher Institute “María Madre.” However, his excitement waned when he realized there was no sign language interpreter in the classroom to facilitate lesson comprehension. Even though four days have passed since the classes began, Dann and two other young individuals with hearing impairment still lack the tools to access education. Consequently, he and his peers staged a protest today outside the educational institution, demanding the provision of interpreters.


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Sign language workshop

On September 21st, Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) collaborated with the Deaf community to host an all-inclusive sign language workshop for hearing people to learn to communicate with Deaf people. This workshop was a part of the International Sign Language Week celebrations in the UAE and around the globe.

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Deaf film nominated for best international feature

A Mexican director, Diego Del Rio, produced a drama film called, “Todo El Silencio”, which translated to English means “All the Silence”. Del Rio released a commercial exhibition for the newly released film on October 23rd at the Warsaw International Film and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. This film is unique because it has a cast of Deaf actors. One of the Deaf actresses, Adriana Llabrés, experienced otosclerosis as a child, which caused her Deafness, and her experience was the inspiration of the film. Llabrés played the role of a sign language teacher named Miriam. In the development of the film project, a Mexican Sign Language (LSM) interpreter was hired as consultant to advise on the scenes that used sign language to ensure accurate translation and clarity between the Spanish and LSM languages.


Network rail adds BSL to travel centers

Some of the busiest railway stations in the country are adding British Sign Language (BSL) travel announcements. Touchscreens for Deaf passengers are now available at eight stations with interactive displays sharing travel info. The system was first trialed in 2021, with software development costs of 1.1 million British pounds, and now all stations in the northwest and central regions have them.

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