Saturday, 11 September 2010

(one of my illustrations from Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince, Illustrated Book, 2006)

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

This week I have been on a disability training course, learning all about conditions such as Autism, Aspergers and Dyslexia, visual impairment, physical disability, deafness, sign language and Deaf culture. It was really fascinating and I've learnt so much, so I'm planning to make some poster designs promoting awareness pretty soon.

The thing that surprised me most was discovering that sign language had once been banned worldwide (at the Second International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, Milan 1880).

Also, it was only as recently as 2003 that British Sign Language (BSL) was officially recognised as a language in Britain, and many countries still do not recognise their own native sign languages. 

I really want to make some posters to draw attention to this, and to encourage more people to learn sign language, because I can see the importance of learning it myself.

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