I am Mehrunnisa Khan Jadoon, and my life got a new turnaround when I met deaf students for the first time. I started working as a volunteer which lead towards my career in teaching. I have never met any deaf person before in my entire life, so it was definitely a thrilling experience.
As I was spending more and more time with them, I was allured or enchanted, in a way, with the new language I did not know about before. I used to be curious about the language that they use while signing and understanding it so well. Everything happens for a reason, and my curiosity bought me here. A language which is in itself a beautiful way of expressing just like other languages we speak. And that was when I started learning the sign language along with their culture i.e. Deaf Culture.
As time passed by, I found that these people are actually the sweetest bunch of people that I will ever come across. This was when I realised that the missing block in my life was filled when I started spending time with these little flowers and set a goal to stay connected with them, to spread the awareness of sign language here, to make things easy for them, to ERASE THE TERM “DUMB AND DISABLED” tagged with them, and to pursue a career in this field either by teaching or any other connected to them.
I started having training in PSL (Pakistan Sign Language) along with implementing it in teaching practice, which I learned the most from my deaf colleagues and students because I believe that age doesn’t matter. You see, learning goes throughout life from where or whomsoever you learn–all that matters is that you apply and put this knowledge to good use.
I became a part of PSL (Pakistan Sign Language) Development team and worked/created some vocabulary in sign language. This is something I’ve never experienced before.
So now, I, along with my team started an association called the IAP (Interpreters Association of Pakistan), that provides support, knowledge, information and access to everything around to the deaf/hard of hearing community. Our purpose is to connect people through sign language either by helping them in providing interpreters or by training them in areas that will make things easy for them. IAP is aimed to ensure in providing the best possible services, to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing. We do this to honour and empower deaf individuals.
Please check out our page to learn more about what we do IAP.
If any of you reading the post would like to join/help us , please feel free to connect either by joining as a volunteer/helper or any contribution that is needed. We can’t wait to have you with us!