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Deaf children’s rights in Ecuador

Photo: Deaf children and young people's human rights workshop

Language and communication are vital for people to be included in their community and the wider world – yet deaf children and young people in Ecuador are missing out because so little sign language is taught.

So in July, our partner Fundacion de Asistencia Social y Ayuda para personas Sordas (DHEX), together with the Simon Bolivar University in Quito, Ecuador, ran a one-week workshop to help address the issue. The workshop was about the human rights of deaf children and young people, focusing on their right to language and communication.

The course was designed for parents of deaf children and was attended by 35 parents from six Latin American countries. Most came from projects we support in Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, and others from Paraguay and Chile.

Now they will return to their communities and train other parents on human rights and how to encourage the authorities, media and others to promote changes in public policies.