In late 2010, a group of Transition Year students from Greenhill, Drogheda, decided to enter the 2011 Young Social Innovators (YSI) competition. Their project is about deafness, so they contacted IDK for initial information.
The YSI competition is held every March at the RDS in Dublin, to encourage students to use their skills and talents to create a better civil society.
Four of the students in the project were interviewed by LMFM on February 2nd. They talked about the idea for their project, which came from seeing how a deaf friend of theirs had a doorbell with a flashing light and sound.
The YSI students’ project has multiple parts:
- A YouTube subtitling marathon, to caption videos for deaf people
- A Facebook page for UNHS (Universal Newborn Hearing Screening)
- Being deaf for a lunch-hour, to experience what it’s like to be deaf
- Raising awareness of deaf people and learning sign language
- Surveys on what preconceived ideas exist about deaf people
(compiled by Raluca Maier)