Sign language

WELCOME TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY

Our NGO needs more volunteers practicing sign language, deaf or hearing because many
are not aware of the emotional impact that this has in the sentimental life of Deaf people.

Today, just in France,  are an estimate, congenital deafness affects one in 1000 newborns, or 700 deaf children each year.

111,600 people with profound hearing loss (loss greater than 90 decibels), or 1.8 per thousand of the population, including 80,000 practicing LSF (French Sign Language).

372,000 people with severe hearing loss (loss between 70 and 90 db), or 0.6% of the population.

Knowing that there are more than 360 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the world.

Reading this sad survey with impressive figures: people who are deaf or hard of hearing have five times more suicidal thoughts than the average general population.
And in their lifetime, they have made two to three more suicide attempts, probably in part because of the many physical or sexual abusetheyd.
This is revealed by a study published on Tuesday (December 15th) by the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (Inpes). This work was carried out in 2011-12 via a questionnaire distributed on the Internet.

A total of 2,994 people, aged 15 to 75, participated in the study. Some were deaf, others had hearing problems (tinnitus or hyperacusis).

Their responses were compared to a study in the general population.
But an important factor also concerns the violence suffered by these deaf or hard of hearing people: they are twice as likely to report having been victims of physical violence.

Nearly a quarter of them say they have been subjected to derogatory or humiliating looks, words or gestures in the past 12 months.
And 26.7% of women say they have been victims of sexual violence before.
“We know that people with disabilities are unfortunately more vulnerable than others to this violence.

But this is a very worrying figure that should encourage us to work to better understand the reality of the problem,” said Audrey Sitbon, the head of the study.

Deafness, an invisible handicap.

Jean-Louis Bosc hopes that this investigation will help to better understand a largely ignored problem.
“Deafness is an invisible handicap. “In the face of a blind person, you quickly understand the reality of disability,” he says. And in general, we show empathy and benevolence. For deaf people, sometimes it’s different.

And many people, even sometimes in the immediate vicinity, do not appreciate the great psychological distress they may feel. »
According to Dr. Aurore Juan, certain “hinge periods” can be sources of great fragility.

“These are often moments of rupture in people’s lives.

For example, at the age of 18-20, when they see the whole system of support put in place during childhood or adolescence disappear,” stresses this psychiatrist, who practices at the medical-psychological centre for the deaf and hard of hearing in Lyon. “Another critical moment is retirement. Many people, who had done a lot of work in socio-professional integration despite their disability, sometimes find themselves very poor.

That’s why we need more idea of testimony to support this community of deaf people in the world as well.

We already teach:

The hairstyles 100% vegetable and energetic.

We teach the use and creation of organic cosmetic products.

Upcycling.

Permaculture.

Art therapy.

Training about kindly communication in sign language.

So anyone who wants to support us, we thank you for sending your cover letter to become a volunteer.