The News can be pretty depressing, war, poverty and cruelty, actually all three are pretty closely linked. But it isn’t all gloom and doom, in the last few days I saw something which really cheered me up. The first was programme about deaf children and sign language (BSL). I love the sound of the human voice, lots of different voices and I have been know to get carried away by the sound of my own voice. Communicating with others is such an important part of being human, social animals and all that. To be unable to hear would be a terrible diminution of life. These lively happy children were communicating with sign language, it seems sign language represents whole words, meanings can be slightly different depending on the situation they appear in. Amazingly medical experts can discover if a new born baby is hearing or not. Hearing aids can be fitted to babies. We saw in the programme a team of deaf football players, they didn’t win the trophy but they were in fact all winners.
Later I looked on Youtube and saw a young girl, funny and clever and very well organised explaining BSL very clearly. She has made several of these videos, in one of them she explained that she is herself deaf and has had modern hearing aids fitted. Her speech was clear with a lovely sound. She looked I think about seventeen, a very admirable young woman. Sorry I can’t find the actual link, there are lots of videos about American and British Sign Language on Youtube.
Life can be wonderful when we can help each other.
I have been a teacher and a lecturer for a number of years. I am married with two sons. I'm interested drama, films, TV, books, society in general, poverty and riches and political systems.
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