Sign Language Education and Development


Since 2001 Sign Language Education and Development (SLED) has become known throughout South Africa and its neighbouring countries, as a Deaf non-profit organisation that is committed to providing the Deaf child of South Africa with an equal and democratic right to literacy, learning and access to information through the promotion of South African Sign Language (SASL). The SLED team (75% of whom are Deaf) is made up of highly professional people with many years of expertise in Deaf education and culture from Pre-School to Grade 12, ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) and tertiary education; television presentation, production, directing and editing; SASL poetry and storytelling; educator training and SASL interpreting.


See Me
Zoliswa teaching

See me

By Kirsty Maclons


You never saw me but I was here long before you

Wild stories of the hunt flew from my fingers

as we gathered around the silent fire  . . . . .

click on the heading above to read the poem . . . 


Family SASL Dictionary on Special
Chatting in SASL
September is our National Month of Deaf People. The week of 22 September is International Deaf Awareness Week.  We are offering the fun SLED Family Dictionary at a special price!  Click on the heading to find out more.  


Opening Doors to Literacy for Deaf Learners: A Foundation Phase Reading Scheme

SLED has conceived, created, developed, and produced 19 South African Sign Language (SASL) literature DVDs and 12 accompanying reading books.

Training Deaf Adults - Training Deaf Classroom Assistants
In 2011, twenty Deaf trainees were drawn from the cohort of Deaf assistants who are currently employed at schools for Deaf learners from five provinces for two eight-day residential training workshops.

Training Deaf Adults - Training Deaf South African Sign Language Facilitators

SLED focuses on building the capacity of Deaf adult SASL users in order for them to become proficient trainers of SASL to hearing adults, and of Deaf teachers and teaching assistants of Deaf children.

Training Teachers of the Deaf
In order to fulfil our mission, we at SLED consider one of our highest priorities to be training teachers of the Deaf in the following:SASL, appropriate classroom practice and the development of literacy both in SASL and a written language.

Unlocking the indigenous heritage in South African Sign Language
South African Sign Language (SASL) has no written form, so transmission of culture, literature, stories and traditions has historically been "oral" (signed) and face-to-face.


Sign Language - The Key To Understanding The World Of The Deaf Child

Language is fundamental for social interaction, personal development and abstract thinking and, for the majority of people, acquiring a language during childhood occurs unconsciously, automatically and mostly naturally. Every individual develops an internal set of language rules based on communicating with others who use the same language. Language development is thus a creative process that requires a child to actively process the information he or she receives. As we now know, hearing children get this information by hearing spoken language in natural interaction with other people in the environment, not through imitation or training.

The status of South African Sign Language (SASL) in South Africa

South African Sign Language is probably our oldest indigenous language, and is the most basic human right of the Deaf Community. It has become widely recognised and protected in various legislative and governmental policies (and is even acknowledged as a language equal in status to the 11 official languages in the country). And yet, the dearth of material and trained educators in SASL creates a situation where this recognition is almost meaningless unless proper training can take place and suitable material be developed.



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