Irma Sluis, popular sign language interpreter, will make a Dutch TV show with deaf and hard of hearing people. The program, which will be the first of its kind, will collaborate with radio DJ Igmar Felicia, KRO-NCRV announced on Wednesday. Sluis will make her debut as a presenter on the program, which debuts November 13 on NPO Zapp.
The program has the title in English Hands in the air. Six teams will participate in the first show, consisting of a child and a famous partner. One person from each team has a hearing impairment, while the other does not. The six teams will perform tasks in which they can only communicate using sign language.
Each week a team will drop out until a duo can qualify as the winner of the Hands Up 2021 trophy. The broadcaster, KRO-NCRV, wants Hands Up to build a new bridge connecting all people with hearing loss and Dutch society.
Irma Sluis, Dutch sign language interpreter, considers it a great honor to be able to work on the program. “It’s so nice to see how enthusiastic, respectful and interested everyone is, before and behind the scenes,” said the new presenter. KRO-NCRV will offer a basic online sign language course in addition to the program on NPO Zapp.
Sluis has gained popularity over the past year and a half thanks to his role at the now interim cabinet’s coronavirus press conferences. His interpretation of the word “hoarding” attracted a lot of public attention. The popularity of Sluis has increased interest in the sign language interpreter course at the Hogeschool Utrecht.