Friday 19 July, 2019

Jamaica Association for the Deaf to offer sign language courses

With a significant hearing-impaired community in Jamaica and more of these individuals entering the workforce, the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) has announced that it will be begin offering sign language courses later this month.

The courses, which are slated to begin on January 29 and run for 10 weeks, gives members of the public an opportunity to learn the basics of Jamaican Sign Language (JSL).

The JSL training programme introduces the public to 25 hours of JSL and deaf culture which include vocabulary, syntax, finger spelling and non-manual signs.

According to course organisers, participants will also be given a manual and a DVD to guide them throughout the programme and, at the end, they will be awarded a certificate.

JSL is the official language of the Deaf community in Jamaica.

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