Building A Better Asia: Deaf Dialogue

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Heng Yee Haw (Malaysia)

December 21st, 2009

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My name is Heng Yee Haw, and I am from Malaysia.  I became deaf when I was 3 years old because of a high fever.  After graduating from Deaf secondary school, I was not really interested in the Malaysian Deaf community. I first began to get  involved in the Deaf community through my Deaf Catholic church in 2007. I was the Deaf Treasurer of the REACH Core Team Catholic for the Deaf Community for 6 months in 2008.  I was active with our Deaf Catholic members through REACH. 

A few months later, I started to learn about language teaching methods and techniques from a Deaf instructor who taught hearing students. Then I was able to be an instructor for teaching basic sign language at YMCA Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.  I also had the opportunity to be part of the Duskin Leadership Training in Japan in 2008 – 2009. It was a good experience, and helped me to become more positive and strong. 

After returning to Malaysia, I attended a MySign course class related to sign linguistics. I also participated in the Malaysia Interpreter Education Seminar as a volunteer.  Lastly, The Nippon Foundation selected me to participate in the Deaf Dialogue event at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am really thankful to the Nippon Foundation for giving me an opportunity to learn new things and increase my knowledge.

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