2007 News Story

Sign language workshop to help hearing-impaired

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and an organization for hearing-impaired people have joined to organize the third workshop to teach women the unified Arabic Dictionary of Sign Language, Arab News reported Saturday.

Faizah Natto, chairwoman of the JCCI Hearing Impaired Club, told the English daily that objective of the five-day workshop is to create a new generation of Arabic sign-language speakers who could help people with hearing problems.  Natto said the organization offers programs for hearing-impaired women, including computer courses.  She estimated round 100,000 hearing impaired Saudis are in need of sign-language assistance to obtain jobs.

The first two workshops have helped graduate number of sign language experts who are now working with local businesses that deal with hearing-impaired people.