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Apparently in Australia, it’s mostly cold. While Summer is just around the corner (or is it?) you could bring a ray of sunshine to your life NOW by booking an awesome tour to Costa Rica for 24 February – 5 March 2011!

Discovering Deaf Worlds is partnering with GoPhilanthropic to introduce you to volcanoes, jungles, and the deaf community in Costa Rica. You’ll learn LESCO (Costa Rican Sign Language), discover more about efforts to create a sign-language dictionary, and meet deaf students in San Jose.

Details available at: http://www.deafworlds.org/programs/journeys

(images from Discovering Deaf Worlds).

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Free Bulgarian Sign Language lessons

A woman at free Bulgarian Sign Language classes

“Jest’oko”.

In the Bulgarian language, this is a combination of two words: “gesture” and “eye”. It is also the name of a new online TV channel that some wonderful Bulgarians are keen to set up for their community.

The channel will provide news and entertainment programs translated into Bulgarian Sign Language, with captions. Basic sign-language lessons will also be provided on site. That’s because as well as providing access to information to deaf and hard of hearing people (a cause after DeafPlanet’s own heart), the team behind the channel are keen to encourage formal recognition of Bulgarian Sign Language in Bulgaria.

They are currently looking for funding and members to help out with research, website and content development, and sign language translation.

If you know of grants the team can apply for,  or think you might have time to help, email me at deafplanet2010@gmail.com with details!

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