Why SASL?

Learning South African Sign Language has never been easier

SASL Explanation

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A Legacy of Deaf Education Excellence.

Mr Norman Nieder-heitmann, the first principal of Kutlwanong School for the Deaf, compiled South Africa’s very first South African Sign Language Handbook titled: 'Talking to the Deaf'. This laid the foundation for South African Sign Language which is currently used by schools for the Deaf around South Africa.
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Access to services and facilities for Deaf people in South Africa depends on Sign Language communication, but 94% of hearing people in South Africa cannot communicate with deaf people in Sign Language.

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Municipal offices, SA Police Services, medical services, banks, post offices, churches, public and private sector, and workplaces are not accessible for Deaf people through Sign Language.

South Africa is falling behind in the integration of people with disabilities in the workplace. Despite the fact that the Employment Equity Act demands that at least 2% of an organization’s workforce should have been people with disabilities, almost all private and public institutions have failed to reach their equity targets.

The lack of Sign Language communication in the workplace is the most important reason for the unemployment rate of 70% amongst the deaf population.

Hands That Teach - Hearts That Reach

On 19 July 2023 - President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the South African Sign Language Bill , which officially made Sign Language, South Africa’s 12th official language. www.gov.co.za

You have the power to create positive change. By learning South African Sign Language, you can make various places, such as police stations, banks, and post offices, more accessible to Deaf individuals. The Development Institute for the Deaf and Blind is here to help you achieve this goal.

SASL TRAINING

'Where in South Africa do you get competent Sign Language trainers to deal with the SASL training demand?'

Accredited SASL Training

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Development Institute for the Deaf and Blind is SA's National Accredited SASL Training Provider.

Phone us today at 082 455 3369

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DIDB is the only Sign Language Training Provider contracted by the University of Pretoria (Enterprises) to present SA Sign Language training on behalf of the University of Pretoria.

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Dr. Pieter Smal, the director of DIDB, also serves as the Course Leader for SA Sign Language for the University of Pretoria.

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A notable success story involved training 350 SASSA officials in South African Sign Language, ensuring that SASSA offices were accessible to Deaf individuals across South Africa when they applied for disability grants.

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The training took place at 17 training venues across South Africa and was a remarkable success. The pass rate was 94.1% and 123 candidates obtained distinctions

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The training took place at 17 training venues across South Africa and was a remarkable success. The pass rate was 94.1% and 123 candidates obtained distinctions.

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