Vlada republike SrbijeGovernment of the Republic of Serbia

Jezici

The Communication Wall Between the World of the Deaf and World of the Hearing Needs to be Demolished

Published 26.12.2016.

Jelena Stupar - 37. Beogradski IgniteTranscript of the presentation of Jelena Stupar at the 37th Belgrade Ignite event “Get Involved no. 4” (25 October 2016, Impact Hub, Belgrade)

(…) Hearing people often ask me how I, as a deaf person, travel, and how I manage during these travels. I love travelling. (…) For example, when I arrived in America, they lost my suitcase at the airport. I tried to approach one of the employees, I found an officer and addressed her, and she said: “Oh, I know sign language”. She knew the American Sign Language and it was easy for the two of us to communicate, which left a strong impression on me. This didn’t happen only at the airport, but also shops, restaurants… I met a lot of people who said that they knew American Sign Language or were just learning it. This is not the case in Serbia. Here, sign language is only starting to be promoted and disseminated, and not a lot of people know it.

However, even if you do not know sign language, do not let this prevent you from approaching and communicating with a deaf person! For example, I can lip read and we can communicate that way. We can also exchange messages on paper or through cell phones. In time, you would probably get used to my voice and articulation, learn a sign or two, and in time, communication would become ever easier. The most important thing is to demolish this wall that exists in communication between the world of the deaf and the world of the hearing, and to become connected, closer to each other. (…)

Society in Serbia is still not as open, and does not know what deaf persons can do, therefore they face many barriers and a lot of prejudice (…). However, a deaf person can do anything a hearing person can, except hear. For example, my dear friend Stojan Simić received an award two days ago from the Association of Ballet Artists of Serbia. Or, for example, I am here before you today and you are listening to my presentation thanks to the engagement of sign language interpreters. I will not give up on my dream (…), and society can perhaps ask itself what it can gain by this.

Comments

 
0

 Share

Leave a Comment

Leave a comment


Name


e-mail


website


Related news

Social Inclusion Newsletter

Social Inclusion Newsletter Archive

Featured > <

Blog > <

Earlier
Tamara Savović - BG Ignite
Transkript govora Tamare Savović na 43. Beogradskom Ignite-u „UKLJUČI SE online 8” (8. jun 2020. godine) Večeras ću predstaviti Sigurnu kuću [...]
Fri, Jul 31, 2020
Source: Inkluzija blog
Milenka Matić
Prve godine u životu deteta period su velikih mogućnosti i izuzetne osetljivosti. Dete uči mnogo brže nego u svim kasnijim [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2020
Source: Inkluzija blog
Ajša Bahović Latifović - 43. Beogradski Ignite "Uključi se online 8"
Transkript govora Ajše Bahović Latifović na 43. Beogradskom Ignite-u „UKLJUČI SE online 8” (8. jun 2020. godine) Članica sam tima Muslimanskog [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2020
Source: Inkluzija blog
Radmila Urošević
Mirela stanuje na Gazeli. U kućici broj 67. Napravljenoj od kartona, bačenog pleha i šperploča. To je njena adresa. Ima [...]
Mon, Jul 27, 2020
Source: Inkluzija blog
SIPRU_BLog
Proces obazovanja je neprekidan tok usvajanja saznanja kroz koji u neposrednom radu u školi unapređuju svoje kompetencije učenici i nastavnici [...]
Thu, Jul 16, 2020
Source: Inkluzija blog

Documents > <

Income of the Poorest Deciles of Serbia’s Population, Focus on Agricultural Activities
July, 2020 arrow right pdf [2 MB]
E2E: Public Policy Testing – Innovative Approaches to Youth Employment
April, 2020 arrow right pdf [1 MB]
E2E: Public Policy Testing – Innovative Approaches to Youth Employment (leaflet)
April, 2020 arrow right pdf [2 MB]
Availability of Local Support Services and Measures for Roma Children
April, 2020 arrow right pdf [782 KB]
E2E: Ex-post Evaluation of the Open Call “Supporting Innovative Approaches to tackle Youth Employment and Employability” (2018–2019) – Summary
March, 2020 arrow right pdf [266 KB]
National Employment Action Plan for 2020
January, 2020 arrow right pdf [566 KB]
Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia – 10 Years
December, 2019 arrow right pdf [1 MB]