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Invitation to tender for a 5-year contract for 2 color multifunction printer workstations

SADeaf is pleased to invite you to tender for a 5-year Contract for 2 color multifunction printer workstations.

 

Deadline for receipt of tenders : 13 February 2018, 6 pm
Award of tender to successful candidate : 20 February 2018

 

The tender document is available at https://sadeaf.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Tender-for-Multifunction-Printer-Workstations.pdf

Notice on Operating Hours during Chinese New Year

Please note that our Operating Hours will be as follows during the Chinese New Year holidays:

 

14 February 2018, Wed – 8.30am to 5.30pm (Night office will be closed)

 

15 February 2018, Thu (Eve of Chinese New Year) – 8.30am to 12.30pm

 

16 February 2018, Fri (Chinese New Year) – Public Holiday

 

Normal operating hours will resume from 19 February 2018, Mon.

 

21 February 2018, Wed  – 8.30am to 5.30pm (Night office will be closed)

2nd Advisory Report from PTC

SADeaf welcomes the findings and its recommendations by the Public Transport Council (PTC) in their 2nd advisory report for our Deaf & Hard-of-hearing community.

 
– Countdown timers on display panels at the platforms.
– Push notification of disruption information in sign language.
– Place greater emphasis on bus captains’ familiarity with the names of the landmarks in English along their routes for those who are English educated.
– More public education on commuting with our community.

 
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Public Transport Council for co-organising Focus Group Discussions (over 2 days with 6 groups) last year to gather feedback from our community.

 
Let’s work towards a more inclusive Singapore!

NOTICE: Operating hours on 27 December 2017

NOTICE

 

Operating hours on 27 December 2017, Wednesday.

 

Please be informed that our office will be closed at 5.30 pm.

 

Night office will resume on 3 January 2018, Wednesday.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Wishing all a fruitful 2018 ahead!

Open Letter to the People’s Association (PA) by SADeaf Executive Director, Ms Sylvia Teng

Open Letter to the People’s Association (PA) by SADeaf Executive Director, Ms Sylvia Teng

Reference: Quality of Sign Language Instructors

1) We understand that The People’s Association has been offering sign language courses as part of its PA Courses -SkillsFuture@PA programme which, no doubt, will encourage more members of the public to have a better understanding and communicate with our Deaf & Hard-of-hearing community.

2) However, it has been brought to our attention by concerned viewers and members of our Deaf & Hard-of-hearing community over the quality of sign language instructors after watching the inaccurate signs demonstrated by Ms Tan Teck Sum (a Hearing & an instructor endorsed/approved by PA to conduct sign language courses at its community centres) during the interview segment on Channel 8 Chinese Current Affairs Programme – 狮城有约 Hello Singapore (乐学梦起飞) aired on 20 November 2017.

It is important to note that if the person who is conducting the sign language courses does not possess the relevant qualifications/training or skills to run such courses, it will affect the course participants’ learning of the language and their proficiency in communication with our Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community.

3) Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) is our native sign language that has developed over the last 6 decades, which is socially recognised and accepted by our Deaf & Hard-of-hearing community and is a reflection of Singapore’s diverse linguistic culture.

4) Signing Exact English (SEE) is not a sign language, but a sign system which, as its name implies, follows English exactly in terms of word order and grammar. It visually represents spoken language on the hands and can be used simultaneously with voiced English.

5) Over the years, SADeaf has been dedicating resources to research and develop the Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) curriculum and teaching materials. All our SgSL instructors have to undergo regular assessments & in-house training, including training conducted by overseas trainers before they are certified to conduct SgSL courses.

6) From our records, Ms Tan Teck Sum (Hearing) has never been on SADeaf’s list of Signing Exact English (SEE) instructors nor on the current list of Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) instructors.

Sign language instructors listed with PA are also not on our current list of SgSL instructors.

As such, SADeaf is concerned of their teaching abilities and the original source/quality of their teaching materials and regrettably unable to conscientiously recommend or endorse them.

A qualified and trained Deaf sign language instructor would have been more appropriate to teach sign language to members of the public as he/she will be in the better position to share about our unique Deaf Culture and our language.

We sincerely hope that PA will take our feedback seriously and look into the matter.

Thank you

Media Statement by Executive Director, Ms Sylvia Teng

Media Statement by Executive Director, Ms Sylvia Teng

Reference to the programme on Channel 8 Chinese Current Affairs Programmme – 狮城有约 Hello Singapore (乐学梦起飞) aired on 20 November 2017.

1) We would like to applaud MediaCorp’s effort in creating awareness of our Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community through its programme and the enthusiasm shown by the interviewee (陈大均) to pick up sign language.

2) However, we have noted that during the interview segment, the show presenters and the interviewee (陈大均) repeatedly used the term “聋哑”, which translates to deaf-mute to describe a deaf person who may not be able to communicate verbally. We wish to highlight that a Deaf person may not use his voice, but this does not mean he is a “mute”. This has been conveyed to the media previously and reiterated several times, but it is often forgotten.

Using the term deaf-mute to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided. The preferred and accurate terms are ‘’deaf’’ “聋人”or ‘’hard-of-hearing’’ “失聪人士”, in line with local and internationally accepted guidelines. Deaf people have functioning vocal cords and, in fact, some have very good speech. A deaf person is not dumb. Deaf people are the same as other people except they cannot hear as well.

 

More information on proper terminology and sign language can be found at:

http://sadeaf.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/About-Deaf.pdf

http://sadeaf.org.sg/about-deafness/about-sign-language/

 

3) From our records, Ms Tan Teck Sum (Hearing) has never been on SADeaf’s list of Signing Exact English (SEE) instructors nor on the current list of Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) instructors.

A qualified and trained Deaf sign language instructor would have been more appropriate to teach sign language to members of the public as he/she will be in the better position to share about our unique Deaf Culture and our language. As such, SADeaf is concerned with Ms Tan Teck Sum’s teaching ability and the original source/quality of her teaching materials.

We hope our feedback will be taken seriously and please consider the feelings of our Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community by editing the term “聋哑” (which translates to deaf-mute) to describe a deaf person to “聋人” or ‘失聪人士” on your online platform.

We sincerely hope that the media will refrain from using the term “聋哑” (deaf-mute) when referring to a Deaf or hard-of-hearing person when doing similar interviews/stories in future.

Thank you.

SCAM ALERT

CodaPay Scams …

Scammers use your handphone number to pay for their products. You will be charged via your phone bill. The scammed message is “Hellow (your name) u Got WhatsApp Mind to add?”

Please watch the video clip at https://youtu.be/rJiBbBNrpkw

Overcoming Their Disabilities with Technology

Talent from our Deaf & Hard-of-hearing community …

Freelance software developer, Mr Joseph Chua De Bao. Find out more at the link

Welcome on board the Executive Council for term 2017 – 2019

SADeaf is pleased to welcome on board the Executive Council for term 2017 – 2019.

Members of the Executive Council are duly elected during our 62nd Annual General Meeting held on 23 September 2017.

http://sadeaf.org.sg/about-us/exco-members/