Featured image credit: Amin & Yasmin
With Ramadan just around the corner, we’re even more conscious of people who are working hard to help others. On one of our regular internet scourings, we stumbled on two siblings who are dedicating their time to a very worthy cause.
Brother and sister team Amin and Yasmin have launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to get their multimedia learning resource, A-Z Islamic Sign Language, off the ground. Islamic Sign Language will include an illustrative book, as well as an app, that will increase learning opportunities for deaf Muslims and their families.
Both Amin and Yasmin know sign language and have worked with disability charities in both the UK and abroad. Many people they encountered through their work raised concerns about the limited access globally for deaf and/or autism friendly Islamic educational resources – a problem that was affecting not just the deaf and hard of hearing, but also their families. As it says on Amin and Yasmin’s Launch Good page:
“Did you know that 9 in every 10 deaf children are born to hearing parents, but only 1 in 10 of those parents will learn sign language to be able to communicate fully with their son or daughter…Coupled with cultural taboo, this has led to communication breakdown in homes, causing the Deaf Muslim community to grow up feeling isolated and neglected, with many suffering from depression and anxiety.”
The goal is to raise £15,000. This will fund the production of a book and app which will help young deaf people understand Islamic stories – which are often text-heavy – and educate families on sign language.
Amin and Yasmin feel their project could have a significant long-term impact. As it says on the A-Z Islamic Sign Language page: ‘By supporting Amin & Yasmin you will be creating a legacy so that deaf children and adults can share these resources and better connect with their family, siblings, and neighbours to help bridge the communication gap and strengthening their identity of being proud deaf Muslims.’
We wish them the best of luck with their crowdfunding campaign!