First Arab Conference on Deaf People Started Yesterday in Sharm El-Sheikh
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Imagine a hypothetical life scenario where one of your senses is deprived, particularly your ability to hear. What would that be like? You won’t hear the voice of your family member, friend, or loved one. Not even the sound of a bird chirping, a running tap, or even a character on the TV screen. Just absolute silence! Which brings us to the brutal reality that this so-called “hypothetical” scenario is a tragic reality for more than 13 million Egyptians, according to The Deaf Unit, Cairo. That is why we must step up and stop these statistics from rising.
Egypt Today had stated that the Qualitative Federation of the Deaf was holding the first Arab conference yesterday in Sharm El-Sheikh, in collaboration with the ministries of defence and social solidarity, focusing on the needs of deaf and hearing-impaired individuals. It is entitled, “For a Good Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing”, and comes as a part of the president’s ongoing interest in those with disabilities and as a step towards satisfying the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
In coordination with the National Council for Disability Affairs, the Southern Sinai province, and the Ministry of Education, as well as a wide range of Arab deaf and hearing impaired participants, the 5-day event will cover some critical topics. According to Mobtada.com, through several workshops, some of the difficulties faced by deaf and hard of hearing people in education, especially Arabic, will be discussed, as well as the appropriate solutions. Moreover, the proper preparation and rehabilitation of the respective teachers and their strategies, and the possibility of standardising academic terminology.
Little by little, the deaf and hearing impaired will grow to be more and more independent and integrated into our society with the proper care and attention, as well as granting them the empowerment opportunities and rights that they deserve.