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Our Indonesian hub featured in Talk Show to celebrate International Week of the Deaf

11 October, 2017
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We would like to thank our colleagues at Gerkatin Solo for inviting us to discuss the work of our Indonesian hub at an event in Solo on Sunday.

Their ‘Talk Show’, held to celebrate the WFD‘s International Week of the Deaf and its theme of ‘Full inclusion with sign language’, featured an interview with our research fellow, Dr Nick Palfreyman, and our Indonesian hub coordinator, Muhammad Isnaini. This event attracted an audience of about 60 deaf and hearing people, and the signed interview and discussion was interpreted from BISINDO into spoken Indonesian for the hearing attendees.

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Nick said: “This kind of interpreting provision might be commonplace in the UK but it is very recent in Indonesia, and actually was not even possible just five years ago. The growth in the number of interpreters in Solo is largely down to Muhammad‘s long-term efforts. In our responses to the interview questions, we enjoyed expanding on this progress in connection with the WFD’s important theme. We were especially pleased to see deaf attendees from Yogya, which is two hours away, not least because the date of the event coincided with the 10th anniversary of my first meeting with the deaf communities in Solo and Yogya.”

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He added: “We are grateful to everyone who made this event possible. It was an honour to be interviewed, and a brilliant opportunity for everyone to reflect on the changes that have taken place in Solo, driven by the hard work of its local deaf community.”
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