- Iddrisu Mariam Aziz, a level 200 University of Ghana student, has been engaged in sign language interpretation since she was a teenager and is now an expert in the field
- Aziz revealed to YEN.com.gh that she has worked for reputable organizations and individuals, including former President John Dramani Mahama, as an interpreter on his campaign tours
- Growing up with hearing-impaired parents, Aziz became their liaison and also served as an interpreter for the Deaf Association, leading to more opportunities
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Iddrisu Mariam Aziz, a level 200 University of Ghana student, has been engaged in sign language interpretation since she was a teenager and is now an expert in the field.
Aziz has worked for many reputable organizations and individuals from the age of 14, including interpreting for former President John Dramani Mahama on his campaign tours.
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Speaking to YEN.com.gh, Aziz revealed that she was born into the practice as both of her parents are hearing impaired, and she had to be the liaison between them and the general public right from a young age.
"Watching them struggle to liaise with people in terms of communication was frustrating for both my parents and the people they engage on daily bases. As time passed I had to gradually become the liaison between my parents and the people they engage with," she said.
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Alongside her role as a liaison for her parents, she also became a liaison for the Deaf Association, traveling with them as an interpreter.
Through her involvement, she had the opportunity to meet Hon Seidu Maha, the Bono regional organizer of the NDC office in Sunyani and, subsequently, former President John Dramani Mahama, who was impressed by her dedication to serving the deaf community.
This led to her involvement in the NDC's campaign tour as a sign language interpreter, marking the official start of her journey in that role when she was just 14 years old.
According to Aziz, her practice has opened many doors and has been financially rewarding as well.
"Aside from the financial benefits, I will entreat people to take it upon themselves to learn the basics of sign language because the mouth is not the only medium to communicate but hands too is another medium. With this understanding, the stereotype around hearing-impaired people will stop," she stated.
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