NID’s groundbreaking South African Sign Language (SASL) Dictionary project has received a sizeable donation from long-standing funding partner FW de Klerk Foundation. This Dictionary stands to benefit  234 655 SASL users, as well as anyone wanting to learn SASL.

The Dictionary will feature all SASL variations used at schools for the Deaf across the country, along with the relevant English term. This will allow users to look up different signs, see how the sign appears in a SASL sentence with SASL grammar, and see the corresponding English word with English grammar structure.

The Foundation receives funds on an ad hoc basis from various (mostly international) partners, which are then distributed to worthy organisations. In this case, the funds were raised at a Gala dinner organised by Migdal Ohr, at which former President FW de Klerk participated in a dialogue.

The FW de Klerk Foundation has supported other NID projects such as Nobel Recreation Square in Worcester. This fully-equipped outdoor recreation area will provide Deaf youth and children living on the NID campus with a space to participate in developmental recreation activities, in a safe and accessible environment. The Square includes a fitness area, a leisure area and an Amphitheatre for Deaf performing arts.