For the very first time, the Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention (#OMTLC) will have a sign language interpreter throughout the event in commemoration of National Sign Language Day, observed on Friday, 11 March 2016. In support of this significant day, the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention (TLC) 2016, presented by Old Mutual and Cape Media, has partnered with eDEAF and South African Sign Language Interpreting National Centre (SASLINC) to host inspiring young leaders with hearing and speech impairments. Join the TLC conversation this Friday at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng from 09:00 to 17:00.

According to the World Federation of the Deaf, the majority of deaf people in developing countries are often overlooked and do not receive a proper education. Approximately 80% of the world’s 70 million deaf people have no access to education and only about one to two percent of deaf people receive an education in sign language.* “It is important for society to encourage equal participation for people with hearing loss,” says David Capel, Editor of Leadership Magazine, Cape Media.

“South Africa is rich in its diversity – we are blessed to have eleven official languages! It is important, however, to remember that many South Africans have difficulty in hearing or communicating, leaving sign language as their primary means of communication,” says Capel. “There are many talented deaf South Africans who are making tremendous strides in their lives despite their disability; it would be a shame for us not to extend Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention to all South Africans, including those facing disability challenges. Leadership knows no disability,” he adds.

Being an inspirational leader means facing life’s curved balls with courage and determination. South Africa boasts an array of young and inspirational leaders in the deaf society, such as: Executive Producer of South Africa’s Deaf TV programme – Dtv, Candice Morgan; and well renowned South African swimmer, Terence Parkin, who has received the most medals to date at the Deaflympics. Both public figures have shown the world and South Africans how it is possible to shape your destiny and reach for your dreams, no matter what obstacles are in the way.

The stellar line-up at this year’s event constitutes a significant fusion of media personnel, outstanding business leaders, digital disruptors and creative minds all in one room. Attendees can expect fireworks!

Click here for more on the exciting line-up!

Skip Fashion Slam catwalk, in association with Soweto Fashion, will end the day on a glamourous note. The purpose of the fashion show is to showcase South Africa’s talented young designers’ garments as a prelude to the evening’s entertainment.

To find out more about Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention 2016, the sponsors, speakers or exhibition opportunities, please visit http://tomorrowsleaders.co.za/. Alternatively, contact Beverley Stone | +2721 681 7000 | beverley@capemedia.co.za / info@tomorrowsleaders.co.za. Join the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsLeadersConvention and on Twitter https://twitter.com/TLConvention.

 

*http://wfdeaf.org/human-rights

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