A Whole Town Learned Sign Language To Surprise A Hearing Impaired Resident

A Whole Town Learned Sign Language To Surprise A Hearing Impaired Resident

February 22, 2016

 

If you're looking for a heartwarming video to watch today, it doesn't get much better than this.

It took a month of preparation, sign language training for dozens of people, countless hidden cameras and one awesome vision to help hearing impaired Muharrem feel more connected to his community.

As he goes about his daily routine, Muharrem is pleasantly surprised to see strangers around his Turkish town using sign language to communicate with him and make his day easier.

Deaf and hearing impaired people like Muharrem are often denied their rights to communicate using sign language and children and families are discouraged to use their language, despite it being an official language in New Zealand since 2006.

Campaigns like this one show that with a little effort, it is possible to make everyone feel more included in their community by ensuring they can communicate in their language of choice.

To find out more about the right to sign, download our report of the New Zealand sign language inquiry here.

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