Deaf kid in Tibet: can anyone help?

Erika Georgiana Hoffmann eghoffma at UMICH.EDU
Wed May 30 20:20:15 UTC 2007

While I am not in contact with any deaf people in Tibet, I have a lot 
of contacts with deaf associations and deaf schools in Nepal, the 
Himalayan country just to the south. There are many Tibetans living 
there - and perhaps it would be possible to transfer him to a deaf 
school in Kathmandu or Pokhara. If this is something that the orphanage 
might consider, I can give you some contact info for these schools and 
Erika Hoffmann

Quoting Kimberley Shaw <skifoot at>:

> Hello Signwriters:
> do any of you have any connections with Deaf people in Tibet?
> It sure would be great to connect this kid with a community!
> Have had little time to do SignWriting things, but I hope to change
> that soon.
> Best,
> Kim from Boston
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>              Tuesday, May 29, 2007 12:15:03 PM
>>> Bulk Message
>>> From:                "Kerry Thompson" <londongirl21 at>
>>> Subject:     [Mass_Deaf-Terp] deaf materials for deaf child?
>>> To:          Mass_Deaf-Terp at
>>> Hello,
>>>   I just received an email from a friend who does work for an
>>> orphanage in
>>> Tibet. She encountered a deaf child there and has described his
>>> experience
>>> below in an excerpt from my friend's email.   If you have any
>>> materials
>>> that
>>> you would like to donate for this little boy, please feel free to
>>> email me
>>> at londongirl21 at
>>> All the best!
>>> Kerry Thompson
>>> (part of my friend's email below)
>>> ................
>>> If any of your are curious about anything else, please email me and
>>> I'll
>>> let
>>> you know if they need it.  Also, if any of you are curious, there
>>> is a
>>> deaf
>>> boy in the 2nd grade class who has had no special attention or
>>> teaching.Â
>>> He does not know any sign language and communicates only through
>>> moaning.Â
>>> He is often very frustrated as are those around him because it is very
>>> difficult to know what he is saying.  I began teaching him the sign
>>> language alphabet while I was there and he absolutely loved it and
>>> took to
>>> it really fast.  But he doesn't have any books or pictures of the
>>> signs
>>> or
>>> anything.  I think he would love this and use it a lot, so if any
>>> of you
>>> are interested in getting him some sign language books, flash
>>> cards, or
>>> posters please let me know.  He would need something with clear and
>>> simple
>>> pictures.
>>> Here is the website of the orphanage, the Jatson Chumig Welfare
>>> Special
>>> School.

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