The main aim of the activity is to map the role of Deaf adults as Role Models for hearing people support and empowerment, within Greece, Bulgaria, Malta but also in other countries of Europe. In particular:
(a) the mode of communication and interaction among hearing and Deaf adults,
(b) the communicative skills on Sign Language (SL),
(c) the existing services for developing communicative competence on SL,
(d) the existing training programmes for learning SL,(e) the hearing people’s attitude towards the Deaf Community and SL and(f) the role of Deaf adults when supporting hearing adults, will be explored at national and European level.
The objectives are to develop a common knowledge and understating among the project partners, about the difficulties that hearing adults (practitioners and parents) face, their perspectives and knowledge of the Deaf community, their skills on Sign Language and the support they need, in order to obtain awareness of Deaf people’s abilities, and how Deaf adults working with them as role models can reinforce them.
The needs assessment survey will be carried out in each country of the partnership. At the beginning of the project the survey questionnaire will be addressed to hearing and Deaf adults, Deaf adults who would like to participate in the project as Deaf role models, Deaf teachers of SL, experts within the public and private sector (schools for the deaf/hard of hearing children, institutions, Deaf associations) at national level.