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Fundraising for Sign Bilingual Education

The Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies (CSLDS) of CUHK held a fundraising event entitled 'Linking Hands and Hearts Fun Day' to raise money for the CUHK Deaf Education Fund which supports the Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme and educates the public on the historical development of sign bilingual education in Hong Kong. Prof. Gladys Tang, director of the CSLDS, said, 'The programme is the first ever deaf education programme in the history of special education in Hong Kong and Asia. After seven years of persistent effort by teachers and students, the programme has gained international support and recognition, including that from the UNESCO International Bureau of Education. Continuous effort is necessary to build a model in Hong Kong to demonstrate to the world that inclusive practices are possible between deaf and hearing students through a sign bilingual and co-enrolment approach.'

At the three-day event, deaf associations and school students of the programme presented wonderful performances, epitomizing equality and harmony between deaf and hearing people. Headmasters, parents and students who have been participating in the programme pointed out the significance of inclusive education through experience sharing.

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