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Jakarta Post

People learn sign language to communicate, empathize with deaf

  • Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  01:32 am

Galih Pambudi, 34, suffered injuries to his mouth, throat and vocal chords in a motorbike accident back in 2005. After the accident, he developed a speech impediment and became depressed because of his inability to communicate as smoothly as before.

“To cope with my situation, I started to learn sign language,” he told The Jakarta Post over the telephone on Thursday.

At first he learned American Sign Language (ASL) through lessons with Ade Wirawan, an expert in sign language and prominent deaf figure. He also learned ASL independently through YouTube videos.

Afterwards, he found out that Indonesia had its own sign language that was different to ASL. Galih then learned the two versions of Indonesian sign language, namely Indonesian Sign Language (Bisindo) and the Indonesian Sign Language System (Sibi) from local non-government organization Movement for Welfare of ...