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Monday, October 15, 2012

Sign Language Proposed as Official Language in Ecuador

Quito, Oct 15.- The presentation of the first dictionary of signs for deaf people in Ecuador became a lure so that this language is considered official language, besides Spanish, in recognition of this community of individuals.

Ecuadorian Vice President Lenin Moreno, recognized the efforts for the elaboration of this new text and said that this is a language like any other, rich in nuances, emotions and idioms.

Moreno said that from this dictionary it will be created a basic summary that public servants should learn in a short period so that they can offer a personalized attention to citizens with this limitation.

He explained that there is a health care program that has arrived to more than 500 000 citizens, mainly children and youth, and it is expected the figure to reach one million consultations by the end of 2013.

This project, with Cuban assistance, has also enabled the delivery of 14 000 hearing prosthesis, as part of the Manuela Espejo Mission for disabilities' prevention, care and rehabilitation.

This book, with about four thousand signs included, sees the light after five years of collecting information with the purpose of socializing the social and historical memory of this communication system. (Prensa Latina).