SIGNAL 1st INTERVENTION
SCOME&SCORP CIMSA UNAIR
Some people are born with reduced or lost hearing ability. This condition can be caused by various things, such as injury, genetic disorders, disease, and other causes. According to WHO, around 5% of the world's population has a disabling hearing loss. This number consists of 432 million adults and 34 million children. This condition will certainly make it difficult for them to communicate with people around them, and not everyone can understand what they mean.
Considering many people with hearing disabilities, CIMSA UNAIR considers that Sign Language skill is crucial. Especially for a doctor who will deal directly with patients with various conditions, including Deaf patients. Medical students need to be provided with training to be skilled at doing anamnesis with Deaf people, so there are no obstacles during communication.
SIGNAL is a Trans-SCO community development of SCOME and SCORP CIMSA UNAIR to provide Sign Language Training for pre-clinic UNAIR medical students. The series of events from SIGNAL started with upgrading SCOME and SCORP members before intervention one was implemented. In the event, participants were taught alphabet letters using sign language and greetings in sign language with simple sentences such as hello, good morning, etc.
The event was continued with intervention one on Sunday, 18th of April 2020. On this occasion, CIMSA UNAIR had collaborated with an external partner, namely TIBA community (Tim Bisindo dan Aksesibilitas) Surabaya. The community was taught about the culture of the Deaf first. Then, it was continued by Daily Signs topics. After that, a question and answer session was given where participants can ask things they want to know more about from Deaf people and sign language. Finally, the session was continued by dividing the participants into the zoom's breakout room where participants practice that day's materials. Participants then practiced how to introduce themselves using sign language.
This Community Development has not reached its end yet. There are more that the community and we can learn together. We have big hopes for the community to sustainably use the experience from the first intervention and as a stepping stone to learning even more in our subsequent intervention or in other places. There are no boundaries in learning. Use many sources, and keep practicing.