Support HB6079 Declaring FSL as the National Sign Language of Deaf Filipinos!!

October 31, 2012

We are actively campaigning for the passage of HB6079 (Declaring Filipino Sign Language as the National Sign Language of Deaf Filipinos). We ask you to actively participate in the campaign by way of:

1. Signature Campaign. Once again lets roll the support via a signature campaign.
a. Sign via internet: Support Filipino Sign Language Act of 2012 – House Bill 6079   http://www.petitions24.com/fsl-hb6079
b. We are also gathering paper signatures.  There is a signature form by the door of PEN MLC, 1st floor Taft campus.
c. Please forward to your friends and network the link. This is much appreciated.

2. Follow us in Facebook by clicking LIKE the DLS-CSB School for Deaf Education and Applied Studies page.  Here you will be able to get updates on the FSL campaign.

3.  To aid the discussion on FSL: We will be reshowing SILENT ODYSSEY of Mirana Medina. http://youtu.be/fFUeGiYyH6I
Schedule of Shows:    November 10 (Sat) 9:30 am and 1:00 pm PEN MLC
              November  12( Mon) and 14 (Wed) 12:00 nn PEN MLC
Tickets are at P50 – Proceeds to go to PFD.
We can also arrange for a special viewing for your organization or company. Just inform me of the schedule.  

“SILENT ODYSSEY”—a journey into the Deaf world—brings out the Filipino Deaf’s sentiments towards the hearing society, chronicles the significant and pioneering efforts of different institutions and personages in Philippine Deaf history and touches on important and current issues on Deaf education. It introduces the word “audism” (Deaf oppression)—a not-yet-so-popularly used term in the Filipino Deaf community; takes a glimpse at the 15th World Federation of the Deaf Congress in Spain with the theme “Human Rights Through Sign Language” and the celebration of the entry into force in the Philippines of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The film also focuses on some of Deaf achievers who are worthy of emulation by the Filipino Deaf youth and presents the World Federation of Deaf President Markku Jokinen’s views on the use of hearing aids and importance of sign language to the Deaf. Most importantly, the film takes a close look at the Filipino Sign Language (FSL)—its probable origin, uniqueness, present status vis-à-vis other sign systems and its importance as index to the cultural identity of the Filipino Deaf as a cultural-linguistic minority group.

The journey leads to a realization that the Deaf are disabled and impaired by society’s failure to understand and accept their language and culture as an ethnic group, disregarding their cultural needs as Deaf persons by not providing the bridge of communication which aggravates their linguistic isolation. That “Deaf can” is no illusion but a reality which can shame those who think of themselves as superior just because they can hear.

Thank you so much. Looking forward to your participation.
Open Invitation from:
Ma. Giselle M. Montero, Director. Center for Partnership and Development. De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies

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