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Jakarta Post

How to generate awareness on deafness

  • Dahlia Sartika

Sydney   /   Sat, January 30 2010   /  12:53 pm

I felt driven to write a little bit about the awareness of deafness and hearing impairments upon reading the article about Virginie Lassilier in The Jakarta Post's Jan. 6 edition. Lassilier is helping the deaf with theater and raising awareness of the problems associated with being deaf in Yogyakarta. It is such a pleasure to know that someone, a foreigner, cares so much about helping children and young adults that suffer from hearing impairments in Indonesia. Helping the deaf with theater is unique, reviving and extraordinary. Deafness, unlike blindness, is an unseen disability. The general public is, therefore, largely ignorant of the hearing loss phenomenon. Yet, deafness is the most prevalent sensory disability globally. The problem is disproportionately high in the Southeast Asia Region; every third deaf person in the world is from Southeast Asia. The World Heal...