About Deaf Animation World


The Ability to Hear is Not an Excuse to Ignore Learning Sign Language

 

Deaf Animation World, hereafter DAW, was set up by Mohammad ad Safoura in 2020. Mohammad has a background in chemical and mechanical engineering obtained at Sharif University in Iran. Safoura holds a degree in international political communication, advocacy, and campaigning from Kingston University in London.

Innovation and passion for creating new services for vulnerable individuals are not new to the founders. Empowering vulnerable people and seeing them smile because they have achieved equal opportunities in society is what drives us.  Mohammad has previously designed a mechanical sanitary hand that helps veterans maintain personal hygiene according to Islamic regulations. Safoura's background in the educational sector combined with her interest in the deaf community and passion for diversity and inclusion of vulnerable groups has formed the foundation of Deaf Animation World.

We believe in educating through entertainment and animation. We use nursery rhymes, songs and stories, aimed at profoundly deaf people and those with partial hearing loss as well as hearing individuals, applying sign language in an engaging and fun way. We currently create high-quality educational animations of nursery rhymes in BSL. Creating animations in sign language for other nations, such as ASL, SSL (Spanish Sign Language) CSL (Chinese sign language), and educational videos to teach Sign language grammar is also on their agenda.

 

Our vision is to inspire all people but especially school children to embrace the opportunity of learning their national sign language as they would with any other spoken language. We strongly believe that "All People" should learn to sign. We also believe there is a need for better understanding by individuals, policymakers, institutions, and schools of the importance of popularising and normalizing the learning of sign language at a young age. This hopefully results in meaningful integration of the deaf community into society as a whole. We want to be part of a positive change to protect deaf human rights and provide them equal access to opportunities in society and create a  "Deaf Inclusive" society. 

DAW creates animations to teach Sign Language. To educate through entertainment, we use nursery rhymes, songs, and stories, aimed at profoundly deaf children as well as those with partial hearing loss, applying sign language in an engaging and fun way.

Deafness is being neglected right around the World, despite its prevalence. It is estimated there are about 70 million deaf or hard-of-hearing people around the world.

DAW’s vision is to remove social communication barriers so that deaf children, or even adults, with hearing loss can fully communicate with hearing people in all parts of society.

 

OUR MISSION

By creating animations in Sign Language, we promote deaf awareness and provide fun moments for deaf children. This helps families of deaf children to take on deafness together. We make it easier and more fun to learn sign language.

We help deaf people to enjoy more social engagement and overcome communication barriers, this leads to healthier and more fulfilling lives for the whole of society.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

Deaf and partially hearing children are at the heart of our work. However, the equal focus will be placed on teaching hearing children and adults how to sign, to ensure they have the necessary skills to communicate with deaf people.

 

OUR BELIEFS

Sign language is a Human Right and essential to ensure Deaf people are fully included in society. We cannot achieve complete social inclusion if deaf people are excluded.

The ability to hear is no excuse for not learning sign language.

Learning sign language is immensely beneficial on every social, academic, and business level. It promotes true equality. We, at Deaf Animation World, are committed to accelerating the process of learning sign language at early ages for all children.

Everyone should know sign language. We are pledged to advocate and promote human rights for more than 70 million deaf and vulnerable people and their families - right around the world.

 

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

  • To create children’s animation videos in sign languages other than English, in 2D and 3D animations
  • To add grammar and advanced sign language instruction in our videos
  • T o develop engaging Games and Apps
  • To establish inclusive play centers that focus on Sign language for all children and families.
  • To provide live entertainment to perform shows for children, focused on sign language.