Australia supports sign language training project for social inclusion

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Australian High Commission is proud to have supported the Ahanna Academy of Sign Language under the Ruhunu Sumaga Circle of the Deaf (RSCD) to conduct sign- language training for public sector officials and the hearing-impaired community in the Matara District.

More than one hundred and twenty police officers, public officials and hearing- impaired community members completed a six month sign language training course, sponsored by the High Commission’s Direct Aid Program.

The training will help to bridge the communication gap between the hearing-impaired community and wider society, enabling a more inclusive and supportive environment and better access to necessary social services.

The first batch of trainees including police officers, prison officials and social workers received their certificates of completion at a ceremony held in Matara on 27 November 2017.

Speaking at the ceremony Mr Nicholas Burnett, Second Secretary of the Australian High Commission said that “the Australian Government is a firm believer in disability inclusive development – including people with disabilities in our development efforts is integral to promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, and enhancing stability.”

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