The Ministry of Community Development (MOCD) organized a sign language basic course for children between 4-12 years old, in which more than 60 boys and girls from all over the emirates participated in a gesture aimed at teaching children the basics of sign language and communication techniques with the hearing disabilities categories.
The course was characterized by the interaction of young children who showed a remarkable enthusiasm to learn their names and some daily sentences in sign language, as part of the education and awareness courses for all the community members especially parents, children and school students during summer time to participate in such interactivities.
Held at the ministry’s premises in Dubai, the training course included entertainment and awareness activities that stimulate the positive spirit of younger generations in the presence of their parents to achieve community integration and consolidate the empowerment of the people of determination as part of the national policy for empowerment the people of determination, and at the same time enhance awareness programs and sustainable development in supporting integration and empowerment efforts.
The “Sign Language Basics” Course for children, was presented by Abeer Al Shehhi, Sign Language Expert in the Ministry as well as Ayman Al Maqbali, a people of determination member from the “hearing disability category”, who gave an introduction to children and their parents about sign symbols that can
be successfully used when communicating with the hearing disability categories. The course also included a series of drawing and coloring activities as well as the distribution of the magazine “Be My Friend” to all the participating children.