Visual Amharic Education for Deaf Students and Their Families
Cued Speech is a system for spoken language acquisition which was invented in 1967 by Dr. Orin Cornett at Gallaudet University. With Cued Speech, all the sounds of spoken English become 100% visible. This system was adapted by Mr. Thomas Shull to Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia. After 4 years of semiannual weeklong workshops, two institutions adopted multiple weekly classes. This is providing regular exposure of Deaf and hearing students who attend Deaf schools multiple classes per week to increase their Cueing and to elevate their grasp of Amharic.
Mr. Mikyas Bekele in the classroom
UIC Lead Faculty Contact: Miriam Redleaf
Partners: Ms. Netsanet Aragaw, coordinator
Mr. Mikiyas Bekele – Deaf educator, educational director – Mekaneesa school
Partnered institutions: Mekaneesa School for the Deaf
Bahir Dar’s Kal Center for Deaf Empowerment
Project goal(s): Visual Amharic training in Ethiopia
Disease or specialty area: Hearing loss
# of partner institutions trained: 2 institutions
# of practitioners trained: 4 teachers
Total # of persons trained: dozens of students attending Deaf schools.