PROGRAMMES & PROJECTS
Collaborative & Innovative
WITS CENTRE FOR DEAF STUDIES - PILOT PROJECT
Quest Model Bilingual School, is a 4-year Wits Centre for Deaf Studies Pilot Programme Bilingual in approach (SASL and Cued English and focusing on language enrichment. The goal is bringing 5 Deaf learners up to mainstream levels of Literacy (Reading, writing and spelling) by the end of the project in March 2020. Our roles in the project have been as principal (curriculum design) and as Head Teacher.
We have been approved to run Cued Speech/Language Courses for Speech Therapists and Audiologists (Accreditation no. SLH003/G04/04/2019) worth 14 Clinical CEU's. Courses are run on demand either over weekends or during school holidays at Camperdown or at other venues throughout South and Southern Africa.
THRASS AFRICA (Teaching, Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills) and Cued Speech SA have a symbiotic relationship going back quite a few years. THRASS AFRICA was the first Literacy Programme on the market to embrace Deaf learners by putting a Cued Speech version of their chart on the reverse side of their main chart, giving access to Deaf learners to the same material that was available to mainstream children. This has now been taken one step further in the development of a THRASS/CUE chart which can be used in any inclusive education setting. This chart should be available in early 2020.
CSSA RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT 2020
Currently, we can only offer courses and support in Cued English in South Africa. We are blessed in the fact that we have members and associates that want to be part of our journey in developing courses as well as teaching material in both Afrikaans and Zulu. The Cued Afrikaans component is nearing the stage where we can hopefully trial it and put the relevant course material together for late 2020. The Cued Zulu represented a daunting task for us as it presented challenges unique to South Africa - how to include all the click sounds? Happy to say has been sorted out and is being ratified at the moment. Our current goal is to get our course material approved by SACE so that educators can get PD points for doing the Foundation Course.