News update, December 2016


September 2017 will mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Bilingual Deaf School, as a part of Deaf School 65. In the last quarter of a century, the techniques pioneered initially in single-class groups have been adopted throughout School 65.

It is also 25 years – and possibly even 26 years – since the term "RSL", first coined by the late Galina Zaitseva – became generally accepted, both in Russia and in the West.

The staff involved in setting up the school, notably Anna Komarova (the child of Deaf parents and a fluent signer in both RSL and BSL) and Tanya Davidenko (from a Deaf family) are now involved with the Galina Zaitseva Deaf Centre, an independent organisation which mbdsa is pleased to support.


Tanya Davidenko and students at the Galina Zaitseva Deaf Centre  

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