From the Wits Media Release:
A tenacious spirit seeing to the needs of Deaf education has led to a state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind centre studying the needs of an often marginalised community.
The Centre for Deaf Studies at Wits, a pioneer in Deaf education, turned 15 this year. Under the strong leadership of Professor Claudine Störbeck, who started the Centre, it has become a leader on the African continent, specialising in Teacher Education in Deaf Education, Bilingual Education and how it is implemented in the new South African Sign Language Curriculum in 2015 as well as the much neglected field of early intervention for families and their Deaf infants.
The Centre celebrated Deaf Awareness Month in September with various events, while the 15-year celebration takes place this week, coinciding with the launch of a coffee table book detailing the history of the Centre and Deaf education at Wits as well as the celebration of Deaf South African heroes and Centre for Deaf Studies alumni, both young and old.
At the launch and 15-year celebration, the Centre will also honour four South Africans who have been instrumental in advancing Deaf education and the Deaf community in South Africa. Previous recipients of our awards have included the late Professor Phillip Tobias, who brought the first Deaf student to Wits and mentored him.
Recipients of the awards will receive a moulded and bronzed “I love you” sign mounted on a wooden stand – a unique addition to any mantelpiece.