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Project Highlights

The 7th Signs Talent Quest cum Sign Language Integration Presentation Ceremony (July 12, 2014)

The Society organized the “Signs Talent Quest” competition since 2003. With a slogan of “Barrier-free Communication via Sign Language”, the 7th “Signs Talent Quest” aimed to encourage more people to learn sign language through creative sign language competition, which welcomed participants from different sectors, ages and with various levels of ability. It showed that everyone was capable of mastering sign language, such learning could also enhance the understanding between hearing and hearing impaired community.

The competition consisted of “sign language song” group and “sign language variety show” group. Each group included five teams competing for the Champion, First Runner-up and Second Runner-up. 23 teams participated in the preliminary round, including hearing impaired persons, handicapped persons, teenagers and elderly, highlighting the message of social cooperation and integration.

The Sign Language Integration Presentation Ceremony was also held on the day of “Signs Talent Quest” final round, in recognition of organizations providing sign language interpretation service for hearing impaired persons, which allowed them to gain barrier-free information in different aspects and integrate into the society. The officiating guests were Dr. York Chow, Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission and Mr. Herman Hui, Chairman of the Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of Labour and Welfare Bureau, who presented certificates to five organizations, including the Civil Service Bureau, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, Radio Television Hong Kong and Legislative Council.

During the Presentation Ceremony, Ms. Wang Xiaoshu, hearing impaired presenter from Taiwan’s PTS Sign Language News was invited to present simultaneous news with sign language for the hearing impaired community. It aimed to encourage Hong Kong’s television operators to sincerely consider to add sign language presenters in specific news sessions. Through sign language, news screen and subtitles, hearing impaired persons could grab more comprehensive information. Sign language interpretation for breaking news and Government’s live information also allowed them to take an equal part in the society.

 

2nd Silent Amazing Race (September 23 and 24, 2014)

To raise public awareness of social integration, the Silent Amazing Race was jointly launched with Theatre Noir Foundation at the Auditorium of Yuen Long Theatre, funded by the Board of Management of the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries, supported by the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education and venue sponsored by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The Silent Amazing Race was the first mass programme in Hong Kong which allowed participants to experience a silent world in form of competitions. 44 schools and organizations with over 750 students and elderly supported and participated in this year’s programme. Through a series of special “silent tasks”, we hoped that participants could personally experience the difficulties of hearing impaired persons in communication, daily life and studies, eventually dispelling misunderstandings and promoting effective ways for mutual communication.

The Overview of “Silent Tasks”:
  • Silent Sign Language: Participants learn basic sign language vocabularies for different tasks afterwards.
  • Silent Dictation: Participants try to understand teachers’ messages and complete dictation through lip-reading, in order to experience the difficulties of hearing impaired persons in studies.
  • Silent Shopping: Participants try to use sign language to purchase daily products from stalls run by hearing impaired persons, experiencing their daily difficulties.
  • Dare not to Say: Participants have to pass on messages with body language to learn the communication means of hearing impaired persons apart from sign language and lip-reading.
  • Room Escape (for student): Participants need to collect clues for escaping the theatre and solve the related puzzles.
  • Silent Stage (for elderly): Hearing impaired persons will perform a five-minute silent drama, for which participants have to pay attention and find out the related items among the distributed materials.
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