Organizational Spotlight: European Federation of Parents of Hearing Impaired Children
Welcome back to Organizational Spotlight! This week’s installment will focus on the European Federation of Parents of Hearing Impaired Children (FEPEDA) which is a non-governmental umbrella organization founded in 1990. The organization was set up to represent associations of parents and friends of deaf and hard of hearing children in Europe. It promotes the equal rights of deaf and hard of hearing children and young people across Europe in hopes of contributing to a fully in
Last Week at DOW
This is my last week at Deaf Open World. I have loved every minute of my internship. The goals and passions of this organization are something I will always support even once I am gone. I believe that DOW can change so many lives for the better, and not just the lives of deaf youth in Eswatini, but everyone. Teaching about advocacy has taught me so much that I had never known before such as the power of our voices. It is easy to feel insignificant in a world as big as ours, b
Organizational Spotlight: Sign Hi Say Hi!
Welcome back to Organizational Spotlight! Our focus this week is Sign Hi Say Hi!, which is a non-governmental organization based in northwest England. The organization operates as a club that welcomes all deaf children and young people whether they choose to communicate by speech or British Sign Language. The Sign Hi Say Hi! Club was created to provide an opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing youth to meet and take part in activities including sport, craft, and workshops.
From the last week of June through to July 10th, I was traveling around a few different countries in Europe. My excursion began in Dublin, Ireland. I then flew into Bordeaux, France and stayed in the south of France for about a week. After that, I flew to Portugal and experienced all kinds of new things in Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais. I ended my trip looping back around to Ireland, this time staying in Wicklow, for another handful of days. Most internships would not make it po
Eye Opening Ted Talk
This week I was able to watch a Ted Talk about sign language and being deaf. I was extremely touched by the video and I realized that people that are hearing often take this sense for granted. Hearing people are unaware of what it is like to not be able to communicate with our loved ones because they do not know sign language or how it feels when you miss out on jokes because no one will explain them to you. Austin Vaday, the man who was presenting the Ted Talk, spoke about m
Organizational Spotlight: Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss
Welcome back to Organizational Spotlight! Our focus this week is the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, which is a non-governmental organization founded in 2009 by Paige Stringer. Throughout a journey that Stringer took across Southeast Asia in 2008, she saw that limited professional expertise, shortage of hearing aids, and general lack of awareness about hearing loss were having a detrimental effect on the livelihoods of thousands of children who are deaf and
Organizational Spotlight: Systematic Review Update
This week’s installment of Organizational Spotlight will be an update on my systematic review of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide that work with people with disabilities! I am very excited to share some of my recent findings with you and shed light on the areas of the world where there is a need for more support for people with disabilities, especially those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Lately, I have been focusing on collecting data regarding regions where
Steps Towards Advocacy
For the past couple of weeks, I have been working on an advocacy toolkit to promote advocacy with our audience. Advocacy can be defined as “supporting a cause or policy. This can be achieved by audience engagement and outreach. As a nonprofit organization, promoting advocacy is one of our main goals. Here at DOW, we are advocates for deaf children in Eswatini, and ensuring that they are offered the education and resources to thrive in the world. However, this is not possible