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Engaging deaf people in science



Making science accessible to everyone is a challenge for science communicators around the world. And it is even harder to reach some people because they can’t hear the language used to explain science. Vivian Rumjanek, a biochemist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, argues that deaf people are significantly excluded from science, particularly because Brazilian Sign Language — called Libras — contains few scientific terms.

This audio slideshow reports on Rumjanek’s work to create a glossary of new scientific signs in Libras and to offer deaf people hands-on activities in the laboratory.
 
This piece was produced by SciDev.Net’s Latin America & Caribbean desk.