The Social Welfare Council, located in Kaita-cho, Hiroshima Prefecture, held the course for the elementary school graders at the town welfare center on August 19. It aimed to give them the opportunity to learn how to communicate with Deaf persons.
The course was attended by 23 hearing children who were 4th and through 6th graders in the town.
Nine members of the local sign language volunteer group, called "Shining", served as the lecturer, teaching communication modes including sign language and note taking, etc.
The children asked the members favorite food and sports with the sign language, and sang the nursery rhymes.
One of the fourth graders said, "I want to study sign language more, and to participate in the volunteer work".
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