About Deaf People
Most Deaf people live with hearing people and families but opportunities for such families to learn Sign Language are often limited. Therefore Deaf family members tend to be left outside the natural communication and daily interaction that takes place.
However, communication and interaction are basic human needs through which an individual learns the basic social skills. It is our aim that the Deaf citizens in our country are guaranteed full participation and equal opportunities in society.
To us, full participation and equalization of opportunities primarily means that through Sign Language, Deaf people can gain full human rights and appropriate services.
These objectives are based on the experience shared by Deaf people all over the world.
Promoting the status of Sign Language is considered one of our main activities. The situation of the Deaf in any society is directly linked with the status of Sign Language.
If Sign Language is rejected, the situation of the Deaf is weak. It is important for both the family and the Deaf children to meet Deaf adults who are able to tell the family about their experiences. The main idea is to give the family and Deaf children a chance to learn Sign Language with the Deaf adults.
Deaf children given a chance to communicate in Sign Language can develop intellectual, social and emotional capacities in a similar way those hearing do.
The first three years are the most important ones for a child’s language development. Children under school age should have the opportunities to grow up in an environment where Sign Language is used.