“I smile and I learn” Project is an interactive CD Rom for deaf children in pre-school.
This interactive CD is my project to finish my career as a graphic designer.
For deaf people there is a language that is called LENSE or Signs Language. This language sometimes is different depending on where they are living.
The LENSE is mainly used with hands and the body to communicate a word, phrase or concept. Also in this language are used the facial gestures.
The deaf people are going expressing the words and concepts. This is a “communication”, but with another code language. Undoubtedly, when there are transmitter and receiver we have communication.
Letter by letter
There is also, the dactylology. The dactylology is an alphabet shaped by the hands. The dactylology is used to compose the words letter by letter as in the case of proper nouns, and is like writing, but with the hands.
Considering this target, we should know what vulnerable in some cases can be a deaf person’s life.
Many times we do not understand what difficult can be for people with special needs, when they are trying to adapt to society and the society do not accept them, rather, be rejected by different. I think there is only a difference in the communication’s code.
I learned about this project, we must not call them disabled by lack of hearing. However, we can call them “people with special needs”, because Nature Mother is wise and is responsible for enhancing the senses precisely when there are flaws in other ways.
Only deaf, not dumb
I learned the true meaning of being deaf. We should never call them deaf and dumb.
The dumb is a consequence of the lack of hearing or to have a hearing impaired.
Deaf people can speak with help of Speech Therapy (Phonoaudiology), therefore, they are not dumb.
Always it has been spoken that children into the family is the first where they are incorporated in the society.
Then at school the children are facing its second incorporation into the society.
It is precisely in these two segments where we can help to this target. Searching teach methodologies that promote the participation in the family, to strengthen emotional ties and give them security from the earliest years of life.
Basically in the family, which is the foundation of any society. It is where children learn early examples of coexistence. These are their first steps to an emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development.
In some families of children with hearing impairment there is a vacuum, because by not having a flowing communication the children are going away from their parents and siblings, and in some cases has been detected guilt and rejection of themselves for being unable to communicate. These children end with an auto-marginalization.
Some parents do not accept the deafness of their children, and the family finishes living a drama that can endure for long time. For this reason they need assistance and help of professionals who are constantly ensuring the mental and emotional well-being of the child, and of course, the family as well.
There is also total deafness and deafness with hearing remnants. In deafness with hearing remnants commonly referred to as hearing loss (hypoacusis).
The children can listen and discriminate hearing the sound through headphones and thanks to science in medicine, some children at an early age can have a “Cochlear Implant”.
We have the solution
The methodology of teaching deaf people is a very complex problem to solve.
Sometimes a dead person doesn’t understand the abstract of a sentence or an expression. When something is translated from an oral or writting language to LENSE they don’t have signs for understanding it.
We need more than good intentions to seek solutions.
I have the impression that if we really are interested in helping people, the barriers can be crossed, but they need professionals who have a real commitment to others. A commitment to society, a commitment to life…
I feel that many projects are not a utopia… and some projects can be a reality, just we should look around us and to give the best that we have: our profession… in my case the Graphic Design as a service for people.