The government, through Proclamation No. 829, declared November 10 to 16 of every year as “Deaf Awareness Week”. To mark this celebrative week for Filipino individuals who are deaf, Miriam College-Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf, as it has consistently done the past years, made sure it prepared a series of activities to make the community more aware and driven to break the barriers of communication in and outside of Miriam College. This year’s celebration was special because the unit made sure to spread the love and importance of sign language in different areas of the Katipunan community.
MC-SAID celebrates DAW @ UPTC
Opening the celebrations, teachers, students and parents of MC-SAID gathered at UP Town Center-Acacia Tree Garden to bring Free Sign Language Classes to the public. This 20-minute sign language class were done simultaneously in groups with teachers and students teaming up to teach the “essentials” in communicating with the deaf. An introductory fact-or-myth challenge was given to clear out preconceived notions about the deaf community. After the classes, a deaf-friendly bookmark was given to each participant. MC-SAID was able to teach to almost 180 people in UP Town Center in the one-day activity.
MC SAID meets CSC’s Kindergarten students
Following the opening activity, the unit fueled the celebration within the MC community. MC-SAID students from Pre-school to Grade 3 visited the Child Study Center for a fun socialization event with the Kindergarten students. Both parties enjoyed a storybook titled “My Different Ears,” written by Caldwell Jones “CJ” Reynaldo, a SAID alumna. His book earned him Best Thesis. The colorful illustration were created by CJ himself. More importantly, the story tackles how the deaf and the hearing can be friends despite their differences.
A visit to MCHS Personhood Club
Following the activity in CSC, the Grade 10 students from MC-SAID visited the Personhood Club of MCHS. Together with their advisers, and heads of the Deaf Awareness Week, they taught the MCHS students how to communicate using sign language. The activity culminated with an interpretation the song “IDGAF” by Dua Lipa.
Towards an inclusive environment
On November 15, 2018, the head of Deaf Awareness Week, together with the administrative officers of Miriam College and the school principal, conducted a Deaf Sensitivity Seminar for Grades 11 and 12 MAE students to teach them how to communicate and relate better with their classmates who are deaf. This event was held at the Miriam College – Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center Innovatrium.
Concurrently, Teachers of MC – SAID were invited by ATENEO-Speed, a university-wide organization of Ateneo that engage students in activities that supports individuals with disabilities. In celebration of their Disability Awareness Week, the Ateneo students got a chance to learn basic sign language through their “Signing in Exact English Workshop” at Berchmans Hall 104. (All photos taken by Ateneo Speed)