At the 2nd Hong Kong International Deaf Film Festival, the executive Director of the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf Adam Ng, said the Education Bureau used fuzzy bureaucratic language to justify denying Cheung free access to Sign Language interpreters. After media coverage, public donations helped the film student to afford interpreters and continue his film studies.
Deaf artist and filmmakers from around the world are taking notice. An award-winning Deaf animator, Braam Jordaan urged Hong Kong’s government to invest in developing a proper sign language curriculum and to make Sign Language widely available to comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Braam Jordaan is currently a board member of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section.
“The Deaf people can do anything except nothing!” — Braam Jordaan, WFDYS Board Member