Monday, September 19, 2011

BREAKING THE SILENCE: Understanding Deaf Culture and Filipino Sign Language

On October 1, 2011, Saturday between 8:30 - 12:00 noon, there will be a conference entitled BREAKING THE SILENCE: Understanding Deaf Culture and Filipino Sign Language at the Benitez Theater, College of Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

Do you want to attend? Find out how you can go for free.

The admission to attend for this conference on deaf culture is free. However, online pre-registration is required at

The programme for BREAKING THE SILENCE: Understanding Deaf Culture and Filipino Sign Language is as follows:

1. Opening Remarks -  Dr. Dina Ocampo, Dean, UP College of Education

2. Topic 1: Culture - Dr. Nestor Castro, Chair, Department of Anthropology, UP Diliman

3. Topic 2: Deaf Culture - Mr. Rey Lee, President, Philippine Federation of the Deaf and  Ms. Rowella Tanjusay, Officer, Philippine Federation of the Deaf Youth Section

4. Topic 3: Sign Languages and Sign Systems - Dr. Liza Martinez, Executive Director, Philippine Deaf Resource Center,  Mr. Rommel Agravante and Ms. Yvette Bernardo, Deaf Sign Linguists

5. Topic 4: Hearing and Deaf views on Deaf Education - Mr. George Lintag, Secretary, Philippine Federation of the Deaf and Dr. Marie Therese A.P. Bustos, Assistant Professor, UP SPED

6. Topic 5: Multilingual Education - Mother-Tongue Based Education - Dr. Ricardo Nolasco, President, 170+ Talaytayan and Professor, Department of Linguistics, UP Diliman

7. Topic 6:  Language Policies in Deaf Education - Mr. Raphael Domingo, Coordinator, Educational Access for the Deaf, De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde.

8. Topic 7:  Legislation and Filipino Sign Language - Congressman Antonio Tinio, ACT Teachers Party List

9. Closing Remarks -  MiranaMedina, filmmaker, Mi Ultimo Adios in FSL

This seminar is rich in covering different topics about the deaf community such as Deaf culture; History of Deaf education; Sign languages and sign systems; Deaf and Hearing views about Deaf education; Language policies related to Deaf education and Multilingual Education - Mother Tongue-based Education

For special education teachers in the Philippines who are specializing in teaching the deaf, this seminar can be very enriching to you to stay updated on the issues involving the deaf. Again, let me reiterate, the admission is free with upto 7 different topics to cover in just half a day!

Source: Special Education Yahoo Groups from Dr. Therese Bustos of the Special Education Department, College of Education, UP Diliman

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