Sign language interpreters sharpen skills

xxxxxxThirty sign language interpreters and social welfare workers have gone to school to sharpen their skills towards upscaling their mandate during the December election.

The participants from the Volta and Eastern regions bring to 60 the number trained so far by the Supreme Sign Institute, an Accra based sign Language Institute.

Topics treated included code of ethics and standards of practice, sign practicum and debrief, best election practices, election day simulation for signers and basic sign language for beginners.

Mr. Newell Agbe, the Executive Director of the Institute said the workshop was necessitated following the realisation that the 110,625 hearing impaired persons in the country have not been treated fairly when it comes to elections, hence, the need to assist the interpreters to better educate them on the processes and the outcomes.

“According to him, this year’s election was crucial to the peace and stability of the country, it therefore behove major stakeholder to adopt measures that would ensure that the disadvantaged were not lured into events that they could have been avoided.

He said the interpreters and the social workers who are always with the deaf would be in a better position to sensitise them on free and peaceful election to ensure that government’s mission of inclusive participation is achieved at all levels.

“The participants have a major role to play in ensuring that the deaf are made to feel as being part of this historic process on December 7” he said.

Mr. Agbe appealed to the participants to ensure that the basic tenents of true democracy were imbibed in the deaf to enable them appreciate the efforts the department of social welfare and the government is making to improve their welfare

By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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