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Sign Up Jamaica breaking down barriers for the deaf

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“That was at the heart of the design of this project, and that’s why we have targeted the public sector. The deaf community can have issues accessing statutory services like going to the tax office and not being able to communicate with the staff there, or going to the police station is a life and death issue to report crimes, and so on,” he said.

Amanda Anderson, who spoke during Thursday’s graduation ceremony through an interpreter, detailed some of the challenges she has experienced using police stations as a deaf person.

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One hundred Jamaicans from across the public and private sectors and civil society are now better equipped to serve members of the deaf community after participating in the Sign Up Jamaica programme.

The programme, which was organised by RISE Life Management in partnership with the European Union, taught participants how to communicate using sign language.

RISE Life Management Programme Manager Shawn McGregor told The Gleaner that the Sign Up initiative is aimed at improving social and economic inclusion for the deaf community.

“That was at the heart of the design of this project, and that’s why we have targeted the public sector. The deaf community can have issues accessing statutory services like going to the tax office and not being able to communicate with the staff there, or going to the police station is a life and death issue to report crimes, and so on,” he said.

Amanda Anderson, who spoke during Thursday’s graduation ceremony through an interpreter, detailed some of the challenges she has experienced using police stations as a deaf person.

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