SLED’s vision is to see all of South Africa’s Deaf children achieving their full potential.
SLED’s main objective is to facilitate the Deaf child’s equal
& democratic right to literacy & learning through the promotion
of South African Sign Language.
SLED’s aims are to:
- Promote South African Sign Language (SASL) as a language of learning and teaching (LOLT)
- Ensure that SASL is recognised and respected as one of the Language
Learning Areas in the curricula for basic and higher education in South
- Provide nationally accredited training to teachers of Deaf earners in SASL skills and appropriate teaching skills
- Facilitate the natural acquisition of South African Sign Language literacy by Deaf learners
- Encourage the development of written literacy skills by utilising SASL literacy skills of Deaf learners
- Produce high quality SASL/English learning and teaching materials
- Empower Deaf adults to work in educational settings as educators, specialists, mentors, facilitators, and teaching assistants
- Promote early intervention for young Deaf children, their families and their caregivers
While working towards achieving these aims, the members of SLED strive to:
- Make certain that empowered Deaf people play a continuous and integral
part in all developments and policies regarding their education and
- Affirm that the education of Deaf people is recognised as being the
concern and joint responsibility of the broader community, families of
the Deaf and primarily Deaf people themselves.