The Estonian Red Cross initiated a campaign for raising funds to teach first aid knowledge and skills to the hearing impaired children.
With the support of the campaign teachers of all the Estonian special schools for hearing impaired children will be trained to be able to forward their newly learned skills and knowledge to the deaf and hearing impaired students. The schools will also be provided with thematical learning materials and AED apparatuses.
KLÕPS is happy to be one of the cooperation partners for this campaign together with The Estonian Deaf Union and the Estonian Association of Parents of Hearing Impaired Children.
In the end of the last year KLÕPS released a new e-book meant for learning the basics of the Estonian Sign Language. The target group of the book is the hearing impaired pre-schoolers and their parents and the aim is to ease the aquisition of the language and communication skills needed for everyday conversations.
In September 2019 KLÕPS started a new 3-year Erasmus+ project – Social HapticSigns for Deaf and Blind in Education – together with the Swedish, Portuguese and Italian partners with the main focus on the deafblind audience. The partners will suplement the Spreadthesign dictionary (www.spreadthesign.com) with social haptic signs used in their countries and make them freely accessible for everyone in need, to improve the communication and education of the deafblind and the quality of work of their teachers, interpreters and ohter professionals. In addition, the Finnish Sign Language production will be increased up to the level of 15 000 words/signs.
A moment from the kick-off meeting in Sweden
We are extremely happy that the initiators of the social haptic system – Riitta Lahtinen ja Russ Palmer have agreed to cooperate with us during this project as well.
For more information about the social haptic system visit https://www.russpalmer.com/
Examples of social haptic signals
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