Harnessing the power of social media for hearing-impaired
HEARING-IMPAIRED blogger Selina Ooi realises the importance of social media like Facebook for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
In addition to her popular blogs DeafBoleh! Malaysia, and Selinawing.com, about her personal life and interest in technology and gadgets, 28-year-old Ooi recently co-founded Deaf Moolah with hearing-impaired youth James Chua and Daphne Eng.
Deaf Moolah aims to educate the deaf community on money matters, management and personal finance to create wealth for their future, and retirement. The facebook page (www.facebook.com/Deafmoolah) was launched on June 2.
Ooi will manage the Deaf Moolah website and identify new digital and emerging media, such as blogs, social networking, video sharing and digital marketing.
She said Deaf Moolah hopes to help the deaf community to benefit from being financially savvy and improve their quality of life.
"Deaf Moolah hopes to educate the deaf community to learn how to be financially independent and to manage their finances, because there are many deaf people living with low self-esteem because they are dependent on their parents and many are working for low salaries."
She said besides posting information on the portal, Deaf Moolah was also planning to have Smart Money workshops at schools for the deaf here like SMK Pendidikan Khas Penang and SMK Sultan Abdul Samad, Klang. Next month, the DeafMoolah team will be visiting SMK Vokasional Shah Alam.