Sign Language
Photo Credit: Deaf Creativity

Dirkie Ebersohn has been uniting South Africans by teaching people how to use sign language; he has been sharing wonderful examples for us all to learn from.


South Africa (27 November 2020) – Dirkie Ebersohn has been uniting South Africans by working to bridge the gap between hearing and deaf people with a specific focus on marginalised communities. He launched his Facebook page “Deaf Creativity” during lockdown to give people a way to engage and learn.

Dirkie’s story is one that truly inspires! He was born deaf and grew up in a very conservative farming community where he never quite fit in. Today he hopes to help other deaf South Africans feel more included in society. To do this, he wants to teach the hearing community to sign.

Dirkie has a few easy to start with lessons for South Africans, from learning how to sign numbers and the alphabet, to learning to sign your favourite colour or how to have good manners in sign language.

Much like how children start with the basics in education, Dirkie has created every manner of lesson so people can really get the basics sorted. You can find the lessons via Dirkie’s Facebook page here. Take a look at Dirkie teaching us all about South African animals below.

Dirkie shares his knowledge of the language in the hopes of inspiring others. He doesn’t want for anything in return but he does encourage those who wish to give back, to donate to The National Institute for the Deaf (NID) via GivenGain here.

Sources: Facebook
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