Thursday, January 27, 2011

More fund needed for sign language dictionary making

(KPL) The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Unit has said that more funding is needed for making the first sign language dictionary to ensure better communication between either people with hearing and speaking disabilities or normal people with these people.

The Unit said that its project of making the dictionary needed as much as USD 23,600 but the unit had only USD 18,544 at hand which was the donation from the Australian Embassy in Laos and a Swedish organization SHIA (USD 12,318) and USD 6,226 from selling paintings donated by Lao and Thai artists.
It said that it received paintings totally worth USD 11,382 from the Lao and Thai artists but it managed to sell half of them.
The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Unit launched its research into sign language words to make a dictionary project on 18 January. It said the project will be implemented till the end of April.
Source: KPL Lao News Agency

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lao Deaf Unit attended the Human and Disabilites Rights Workshop

Lao Deaf Unit has a chance to voice up at the Human and Disability Right Workshops organized by Lao Disable People Association and National Committee for Disabled People supported by AusAID on the project Building human and disability rights institutional structures in the Lao PDR.

The aims of the workshop is to raise awareness about disabilities rights; the content of the workshop include the introduction to disability, the presentation of UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, the talk by resources persons who represent each type of disability.

The Deaf Unit has two presentation which include the introduction to the deaf culture and barriers of the deaf living in society and the movement of the Deaf Unit from 2003 to 2010.

The organizer plan to have 12 series workshops for different government sectors and mass organization which include:

  • Group 1: Prosecutor and Court sector 
  • Group 2: Kaisone PHOMVIHAN National Defense Academy
  • Group 3: Lao Front for National Construction, Lao People's Revolutionary youth Union and Lao Federation of Trade Union
  • Group 4: Lao Women Union
  • Group 5: Ministry of Industrial and Commerce, Ministry of Planing and Investment and National Chamber of Commerce
  • Group 6: Teachers from Lao National University and private college
  • Group 7: Lao Bar Association
  • Group 8: Representative of private companies 
  • Group 9: Propaganda and training Committee of the Central Committee, Office of the Party Central Committee and Central Control Committee
  • Group 10: Police Academy 
  • Group 11: National Assembly, Prime Minister Office and Presidential Office 
  • Group 12: Vientiane Capital Administration Office

Group photo with participants from Kaisone PHOMVIHAN National Defense Academy

Bountem, Director of Deaf Unit, guide how to sign

ice-breaking activities to show the difficulty of communication

presented gift to participants who won the ice-breaking activity

Bountem presented about the movement of Lao Deaf Unit since 2003 - 2010

Comments from silent voices

On the 4 of November 2010 Deaf Unit have been invited to the consultation workshop for formulating an action plan for people with disabilities. This workshop is funded by AusAID on the project Building human and disability rights institutional structures in the Lao PDR. This project aims to developed ministerial action plans for promote the rights of people with disabilities; seven ministries have involve in this project namely: Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Public Work and Transportation, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information and Culture and Ministry of Finance.
The representative from Deaf Unit emphasize on the employment opportunity for the deaf and how the concerned agencies can help them.  
Phanita, representative from deaf unit
The following are the VDO of Phanita presentation and the ice breaking activity  presentation ice breaking activities