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 language.

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.