Please share your initiatives!

Language Before Literacy aims to bring together colleagues working on local Sign Language first education and other communication strategies for young Deaf Learners in developing countries. Several colleagues recommended that gathering and posting a list of initiatives by country could kick start our community.

Please note that all contributions will be moderated before posting on this site. We will not post your contact information, but do request you include your email address so that we can follow up with you if needed. Feel free to submit multiple initiatives from your organization.

Thank You!

Organization Country  Description Website
eKitabu Kenya Studio KSL is an eKitabu innovation that develops accessible Early Grade reading materials in Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) to Support communication skills as a pathway to literacy for Deaf children
Royal Kentalis Tanzania and Uganda Over the past 5 years, we have been developing a toolkit for teachers which includes a resource book and training to support them in teaching reading to young deaf children
Royal Kentalis Nepal Itinerant service provision
Royal Kentalis Uganda Bachelor of inclusive deaf education (BIBE)
Royal Kentalis Tanzania Sign language clubs in inclusive secondary schools
Royal Kentalis Netherlands An exploratory study on understanding the challenges of special education teachers of DHH migrant children
Lugha Ishara Kenya Lugha Ishara is an edtech company that tackling language deprivation through a language development center that facilitates the easy quick acquisition of child friendly KSL at home and school for Deaf children (0-12 years)
Deaf Child Worldwide India Evaluating programmes for deaf children during a pandemic
Deaf Child Worldwide Uganda Parent support groups of 300 parents of deaf children.The parents receive deaf awareness training and they learn sign language to improve communication and language skills.
Team Canada Healing Hands Guatemala Over the last 3 years, we have been providing teacher training for teachers working with Deaf students in 2 schools in the Alta Verapez region of the country. We are currently working with them to develop a literacy program for the students and their community.


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