"Creciendo enSeñas" (a word play in Spanish meaning both "Growing up in signs" and "Growing, you teach" is the slogan of Canales Asociación Civil, an NGO based in Buenos Aires, Argentina that works to ensure that deaf children have access to a quality education, in Argentina and beyond. Canales was founded in 2003 by Silvana Veinberg who called on deaf and hearing professionals to conform the working team.
During these ten years, Canales has been working in the development of teacher trainings and curricula, educational materials (both videos and books, including our award-winning Videobooks in Argentine Sign Language), and to provide support and information to families and parents, pediatricians, teachers, and the deaf community. The Internet is an extremely important resource to Canales, as it helps us empower the deaf community and deaf children through access to a variety of communication channels.
We believe that deaf children should have access to sign language, their natural language, and we strive to connect deaf children and their families with deaf youth, adults, and seniors, providing positive role models for the children. One of our latest projects involve connecting deaf women, many of them grandmothers, to deaf children. The grandmothers tell stories to the children in selected schools, and the stories are filmed so that all deaf children in Argentina and their families can enjoy them. The children benefit, and the grandmothers feel empowered as transmitters of culture and language.
In this space I will share more of the exciting work of Canales!
Silvana Veinberg is the founder and director of Canales Asociación Civil and an Ashoka Fellow.WWW: Women Weave the Web