The one and half hour session was led by James Ong, an Executive Officer who is in charge of Program and Volunteer Coordination at The Singapore Association for the Deaf. Being hearing-impaired himself, James was the perfect workshop conductor for educating Team Members on deaf culture and misconceptions.
James shared the basics of sign language which included the alphabet, greetings and even cracked jokes. He was assisted by Dawn Lee, a volunteer who has mastered sign language and translated while James used sign language.
Team Members who attended echoed the same sentiment as Eugene Tong, Manager, Sustainability. He said, “It was my first time learning sign language and it was a great experience. James, our instructor taught us the alphabet, how to count and even how to converse using basic sign language. There were even signs for Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum and the Helix Bridge, not to mention a whole list of other popular attractions in Singapore. It’s really amazing how expressive sign language can be, and how unique and versatile it is at the same time”