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Unlocking educational opportunities in sign languages in Europe

The DeafSign project aims to promote sign language learning opportunities in Europe. It will provide guidelines and resources for policy makers and professionals working in the educational sector. The ultimate beneficiaries of this project are vulnerable deaf, hard of hearing and hearing signers from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds including deaf children and their families, deaf refugees and migrants, and heritage signers.

Working languages of the project: English, International Sign Language
Project term: 2024-2027
Shortcut: www.ecml.at/DeafSign
Administration: view page

Why this project is needed

The majority of deaf & hard-of-hearing (DHH) children and their parents, caregivers and family members, heritage signers and DHH refugees and migrants with linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds in Europe have no access to sign language education. There is an urgent need to establish guidelines, recommendations and practical resources to promote quality standards for the provision of learning opportunities for vulnerable learners. The project and its envisaged outputs will enable policy makers and professionals in the early childhood and adult educational sector to support inclusion, plurilingualism and democratic participation of these vulnerable learners.

Envisaged project results

Guidelines, recommendations and resources to support quality provision of sign language learning opportunities...

...for deaf signers with refugee and migration backgrounds designed for policy makers and professionals in adult education
Target groups: policy makers and professionals in the educational sector working with adult deaf signers with refugee and migration backgrounds
...for deaf children and their parents designed for policy makers and professionals in the field of early education
Target groups: Policy makers and professionals in the educational sector working with deaf children and their families
...for heritage signers designed for policy makers and professionals in the field of early education
Target groups: Policy makers and professionals in the educational sector working with heritage signers

Target groups

  
Policy makers and professionals in the educational sector working with deaf signers with refugee and immigration backgrounds, deaf children and their families and heritage signers

Educational levels concerned

  • Early education / pre-school education (in the context of deaf children and their family members as well as heritage signers)
  • Adult education (in the context of deaf signers with refugee and migration backgrounds)

Forthcoming events


21-22

Mai 2025

Unlocking educational opportunities in sign languages in Europe
Network meeting
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How to get involved?

Workshop (21-22 May 2025)

Workshop description

Review and development of guidelines and recommendations/resources for policy makers and professionals in the educational sector working with vulnerable sign language learners (deaf signers with refugee and immigration backgrounds, deaf children and their families as well as heritage signers).

Wollen Sie teilnehmen?

Personen mit besonderem Interesse und beruflichem Hintergrund am Thema dieses speziellen Projekts sind eingeladen, mit der nationalen EFSZ-Nominierungsstelle in ihrem Land Kontakt aufzunehmen, damit sie für die Teilnahme am entsprechenden Projektworkshop in Betracht gezogen werden können.

Project team

Christian RATHMANN
Coordinator
Germany
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
christian.rathmannhu-berlin.de 

María Luz ESTEBAN SAÍZ
Website correspondent
Spain
Centre for the Language Normalization of the Spanish Sign Language
cnlsecnlse.es

Radka NOVÁKOVÁ
Second language documentalist
Czechia
Charles University in Prague
radka.novakovaff.cuni.cz

Lorraine LEESON
Communications officer
Ireland
Trinity College Dublin
leesonltcd.ie