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ARTICLE: DEAF GIRL LOVES CHARITY, TEACHES DEAF CHILDREN TO PLAY MUSIC AND TO HAVE FLASH-MOBS IN SIGN LANGUAGE (9 MARCH 2012)

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DEAF GIRL LOVES CHARITY, TEACHES DEAF CHILDREN TO PLAY MUSIC AND TO HAVE FLASH-MOBS IN SIGN LANGUAGE.

Lily Goh (32), healthcare admin executive by day, is also a band manager, guiding children in music.

She set up her own social enterprise ExtraOrdinary Horizons, using sign language to teach meaningful classes.

Lily said she knew she became deaf at the age of 2 but was unclear about the reason. She mentioned that she had struggles during her adolescent years, but gradually understood herself.

"Slowly, I got into more contact with deaf culture. Now, I'm proud to be deaf. Deafness is my teacher, teaching me alot and making me extraordinary."

She said, the greatest challenge in teaching a deaf child is not just the deafness but also other disabilities like intellectual inability.

"I need to teach them simple melody. They are good with their theories, but when they do performances together, they need a lot of hard work and practices."

She shared that Singapore can render more help to the deaf. For eg, there is no subtitles during elections and they can only depend on the people around them for updates.

"Fortunately, there are MPs like Moulmein-Kallang Ms Pan Li Ping, who stands up for the rights for the disabled."