IM this article to a friend!

January 9, 2003

Giving money? Signs to look for

From: Straits Times, Singapore - 09 Jan 2003

RECENTLY, the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) received a number of calls from members of the public, informing us that deaf peddlers were occasionally seen around town selling toys and other novelty items, claiming to be raising funds for SADeaf.

SADeaf is a member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). Most of our programmes are supported by the Community Chest. Should we need to raise funds for special events, we are required to obtain a licence issued by the NCSS.

It has been SADeaf's practice to photocopy the fund-raising licence and distribute this to each fund-raiser for ease of identification and validation by members of the public. We would also like to create awareness as to how the deaf community in Singapore shows its appreciation. The signing cohort, instead of voicing, will use signs to express themselves.

The above signs are excerpts from the Signing Exact English by Gerilee Gustason and Esther Zawolkow.

I would appreciate it if the Forum can help us to create awareness on the above, so that members of the public will not be misled and the image of SADeaf as well as of the local deaf community, tarnished.

Executive Director

Copyright @ 2003 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.