| Azaraimy HH |
PEOPLE with hearing impairment may face limitations when using sign language. This was highlighted by Tutong District Officer, Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali yesterday during the Tutong Deaf Awareness Week 2014 event held at Tutong District Civic Halls Complex.
He said the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam takes the needs of these people seriously. For example, the deaf are given special classes to help them communicate using sign language. However, this skill has limited use and not suitable for all situation.
The Tutong District Officer urged the community to play an active role in helping people with hearing impairment.
Tutong Deaf Awareness Week 2014 was organised by National Association for the Hearing-impaired (OKP), which also held similar events in other districts.
Chairing the event was Haji Abdul Hakim bin Haji Mohd Yassin, president of OKP and former Director of the Language and Literature Bureau. The Tutong District Officer was the guest of honour. The event carried the theme of ‘Strengthening Human Diversity’.
Wardi believes that people with the hearing impairment should be exposed to events at the village, mukim or national level to acquire skills.
He also highlighted that technology should be used by the deaf. Telecommunication technology such as SMS, WhatsApp and social media such as Facebook could help those with hearing impairment to communicate with peers and families.
Among the highlights of the event yesterday was the presentation of certificates of appreciation to donors, winners of SOPMA XVIII 2014 Melaka (sports meet for the deaf) and contributors.
Workshops, contests and exhibitions were held at the event including a sign language workshop and car show.