Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Following the unanimously-approved Maltese Sign Language Recognition Bill Act No. XVII of 2016, the Maltese Sign Language (LSM) Council was set up to oversee the dissemination, development and promotion of Maltese Sign Language as an official language of Malta.
The council now has its own logo, the fruit of a design competition organised between the LSM Council and the MCAST Institute for Creative Arts. The logo consists of a red outline of the ‘K’ handshape in Maltese Sign Language, with the words ‘Kunsill’ and ‘Lingwa tas-Sinjali Maltija’ above and below the large letters “LSM”, with a quadrant from the Maltese Cross dovetailed into the top of the letter M.
A specially appointed adjudicating panel had the hard task of choosing from amongst fifteen designs submitted. After a rigorously anonymous voting process, the designs from Josmar Azzopardi and Kyle Curmi were declared winner and runner-up respectively, and they were presented with their prizes at the Council’s last meeting.
Commenting on the process, LSM Council President Ms. Annabelle Xerri said that it was “a wonderful exercise in cooperation between various sectors of the Maltese society” and expressed the hope that further council initiatives would meet similar support in future.
The LSM Council thanked the Association of Maltese Sign Language Interpreters, the Deaf People Association (Malta), as well as artist Matt Demarco for their work on the adjudicating panel. The LSM Council also wishes to thank Christopher Aquilina from MCAST, who enthusiastically supported the project from the get-go. Finally, the LSM Council wishes to thank Heritage Malta as well as Tim Ripard and Chris Ripard who sponsored the prizes.