MDP's Bohn and Warsame at International Conference on Sustainable Development 2017


Deaf children attending school in Leveque, Haiti. According to our client Haiti is home to the largest concentration of Deaf individuals in the world . In 2016, HDA partnered with Global Deaf Connection and Christian Blind Mission to expand its activities and undertook a project to create a Sign Language Dictionary and Sign Language Interpreter Training Program in Haiti. This work was in response to a demonstrated need for greater cohesion between schools and service providers for Deaf Haitians, as well as a lack of knowledge and action regarding the rights of persons with disabilities.

As part of the field experience for the Master of Development Practice Program, Jennifer Compton, Hannah Bohn, and Amal Warsame spent two months in Port-au-Prince, Haiti assisting Haiti Deaf Academy with the early planning and implementation of their Sign Language Documentation and Interpreter Training project. The team entered and analyzed survey data from over 200 Deaf Haitians, interviewed and met with community stakeholders, partners, and those currently acting as sign language interpreters, and provided managerial support through reporting and budget analysis. This work highlighted both the need in Haiti for greater attention to Deaf and disability services on the part of NGO actors and government bodies, as well as significant challenges caused by misunderstandings and a lack of communication channels between different actors.

This past fall, Hannah and Amal Presented their work at the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) in Columbia University, New York while Jennifer Presented for the JUDD fellowship.
 
MDP students Hannah Bohn and Amal Warsame presenting their work at the International Conference on Sustainable Development 2017
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