In another win for inclusivity, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) is launching a free online crash course on Filipino Sign Language (FSL).
In a Facebook post of the DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (DLS-CSB SDEAS), the sessions will run every Saturday from May 30 to June 13. Each session will last for 20 to 30 minutes and will be taught through Facebook Live every 4 pm.
“The FSL lessons are for free, but participants are encouraged to donate to the #SignForSigns Fundraising Campaign,” CSB said. “A minimum contribution of P350 will give you access to an FSL Learning Kit, which you can use to continue learning sign language at home.” (Read: Deaf couple makes see-through face masks for the hard-of-hearing)
#SignforSigns is a fundraiser that will give living allowances to deaf students stranded in dorms due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also help deaf faculty who are on a no-work, no pay scheme. The proceeds for #SignforSigns will also be for indigent deaf scholars who need to return to their respective provinces after the community quarantine. (Read: Government rolls out Hatid Estudyante Program for stranded students)
In addition, funds raised will support the FSL Access Team for COVID-19. These are interpreters who handle news reports of broadcast networks.
If you wish to avail of the crash course, you may opt to donate P350 for a one-day food pack, P550 for a three-day food pack, or P1000 which could cover the transportation allowance of stranded student dormers. You can fill out the donation form online. (Read: New Pinoy-made website allows transparency in COVID-19 donations)
“The free 30-minute Facebook Live sessions and FSL learning materials only aim to raise awareness and spark interest towards Filipino Sign Language,” the note further stated regarding the course. “They will not replace the regular and intensive FSL courses we offer through the SDEAS Filipino Sign Language Learning Program.”
The SDEAS will also open a sign language course during the first week of July. They are currently gathering information on how much is the demand for their classes.