Keeping the Deaf Ahead of the Game
In Malang, a group of youngsters are making the community pay attention to disability issues, particularly for the Deaf. They are the Aksi Arek Tuli group, and work to empower the diffabled.
Last week, the vice chair of Malang’s Aksi Arek Tuli, Maulana Aditya, PR officer Muhammad Afdhal and two volunteers, Yanda Maria Elsera Sinaga and Meilisa Arum, gathered at a simple food stall for a spirited afternoon discussion. Despite the enthusiasm, the group stayed very quiet; their eager conversation was in sign language.
Afdhal related how Indonesia has two sign languages, the Indonesian Signal System (SIBI) and the...