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A swim class with sign language breaks barriers

STORY: These children are learning how

to swim through sign language

Location: La Paz, Bolivia

Olga Laura Salamanca is a deaf-aware instructor

She launched this course

in hopes of making swimming more inclusive

(Olga Laura Salamanca, Instructor)

"These classes are important because in Bolivia, or in our province, there are no similar experiences so that children with some special condition can have access to sports activities because of the communication barrier.”

Salamanca says it took her over 20 years

to learn how to swim

because there were no instructors

who could communicate with her

(Juan Carl Flores, Student’s father)

“My son has been in the classes for a while now. He already goes into the water. Swimming has helped him a lot because it is a complete sport. It helps him to de-stress.”