This week the Tenerife Government hosted a commemorative event of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Deaf People of Tenerife or Asorte, which is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that seeks to unite and improve deaf people’s social, educational and cultural experiences on the island.
This association also asserts its objectives to disseminate, defend and enhance the Spanish Sign Language as its own, and to eliminate existing communication barriers in society.
Asorte currently has 40 members and was originally known as Sociedad de Sordos El Drago founded in 1993, but renamed in 2001.
This association is integrated into the Federation of Associations of Deaf People of the Canary Islands or Faasican, which is integrated into the State Confederation of Deaf People CNSE formed of 17 regional federations, and with the Association of Deaf People of the Autonomous Region of Melilla.
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