The Teachers Guide of Deaf Role Models aims to become a tool for the training of Deaf adults as practitioners to support and empower hearing adults (practitioners, family members, coworkers) to work and associate with of deaf people from the early years all the way to adulthood. It will contain adequate and sound research-based information for the developmental, emotional and social and linguistic needs of the Deaf.

The guide is addressed to Deaf adults, members of the Deaf community, and teachers of SL who are going to be trained as Deaf role models to support hearing adults, to be intermediators between hearing adults and the Deaf community and teach SL. It intends to offer theoretical and practical knowledge for Deaf practitioners for advancing their professional and personal life.

The development of the Teachers Guide will capture these qualities:

Collaboration with the community.

Learning can be enriched through collaborations involving members of the community. Deaf Role Models from the Deaf the community will bring expertise and perspectives from their own lives and experiences to enhance learning of members of the Hearing World.

It is particularly helpful to co-operate and engage with experts from the community when learning about culture-specific contexts to avoid offence or misrepresentation of culture. Collaboration of the community members enhances relational learning.

Valuing Diversity

The Guide supports inclusion, equity, and accessibility for all.
The proposed resources reflect sensitivity to diversity and integrate positive role representations. The contents cover the diverse social and communicative needs of adults by enhancing social participation and inclusion.
The Guide gives a voice to all members of the Deaf community

Features of the Teachers Guide

The guide will contain (indicative) three sections which will cover the main topics:
1.      The Deaf World and the Hearing World
2.      Becoming a Role Model
3.      Teaching Sign Language to hearing adults.

The guide will include (indicative) information about the Deaf World and the Hearing World:

  • The hearing adults needs and difficulties, the emotional stages they go throw dealing with deafness,
  • The developmental cognitive, social and linguistic characteristic/skills of deaf people,
  • Hearing adults developing communication skills,
  • The Deaf Community
  • Deaf World and Hearing World Relationships
  • Membership and Cultural Transmission in both Worlds.