The Participating Organisations The Participating Organisations consist of 6 distinct partners based in 3 countries of the European Union (Greece, Bulgaria, Malta).Six participants from three countries are part of the Project. Three National Associations of the Deaf representing the Deaf communities of their respective countries of Southern Europe (Bulgaria, Greece and Malta). All three are members of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) and the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). One University, one School of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and one private sector company, all experts in the field of Deafness and Sign Language, constitute the Strategic Partnership:
1. The Hellenic Federation of the Deaf (HFD) Leader, Greece.
2. The Deaf People Association (DPAM), Malta
3. The Union of the Deaf in Bulgaria (UDB), Bulgaria
4. The University of Western Macedonia (UWM), Greece.
5. Kindergarten for the Deaf and hard of hearing of Argyroupolis (KDA),
6. Open Pedia (OP), Greece.
Greece (Leader)
Hellenic Federation of the Deaf  
Address: El. Venizelou 236 , GR163 41 Ilioupolis, Athens, GR
Telephone: +(30) 210 5233950
Fax: +(30) 210 5233968
Contact Person: Dr Vassilis Kourbetis
Brief presentation
The Hellenic Federation of the Deaf (HFD) was established in 1968 by the primary, regional associations of the Deaf and hard of hearing in Greece. It is a non-profit, socio-syndicalist, secondary national organization which has eighteen member associations all over Greece. It is a member of the National Federation of People with Disabilities,(ESAmeA), the European Union of Deaf (EUD), the World Federation of Deaf (W.F.D.) and the European Organization
of People with Disabilities (EFHOH).HFD represents the Greek Community of Deaf at national and international level.
HFD operates for the benefit of the Deaf and hard of hearing people and aims to enforce the Deaf movement and the parity between deaf and hard of hearing citizens in all areas, within the Greek and the international society against any social and economic exclusion.

Deaf People Association (Malta)
Address: 45 Lascaris Wharf, Valletta, VLT 1921
Telephone: +(35) 699608246
Fax: +(35) 699608246
Contact Person: Annabelle Xerri,  Loran Xuereb

Brief presentation
The Deaf People Association (Malta) represents the D/deaf people in Malta. We are members of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) and the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). The Association strives to ensure that the Deaf people have equal opportunities to enabled
them to lead an independent life to the highest possible quality. It is our aim to ensure the Deaf people have equal opportunities to enable them to lead an
independent life in the highest possible quality. It is our goal to raise the public awareness on how our society (Hearing and Deaf) can
change with equal opportunities for deaf people. We disseminate all relevant information and we work in partnership with government
authorities and organizations that are constant with our aims.

Union of the Deaf in Bulgaria
Address: 12-14 Ivan Denkoglu Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Telephone: +(35) 029804778
Fax: +(359) 886921222
Mobile: +(353) 838 044 743 (text messages only)
Contact Person: Sofiya Kalinova
Brief presentation
The Union of the Deaf in Bulgaria (UDB) is a national non-profit organization of citizens with hearing impairments. UDB was established back in 1934 with the aim of uniting all deaf people and defending their right to work and their right to to a decent life. With over 80 years of history the organization is among the longest-living for persons with disabilities in the country. The main objectives of the organization include removing the existing prejudice against people
with impaired hearing in the society as a whole, supporting the creation of cooperative workshops in order to ensure appropriate and consistent work for deaf people, training them and integrate them into society as full members. The Union of the Deaf in Bulgaria is a member of the World Federation of the Deaf (SFG), the European Union of the Deaf (EAG), the International Committee for quiet bay Balkan Association of the Deaf and the European Union of the Deaf Youth (ESGM). UDB activities are performed in 54 day care centers for communication and social integration, covering 240 municipalities in Bulgaria.
Kindergarten for the Deaf and hard of hearing of  Argyroupoli (Greece)
Address: Patriarhou Grigoriou 1-3, Argyroupoli, GR 16452, GR
Telephone: +(30) 2109932648, +(30) 6976655617
Contact Person: Spyridoula Karipi M.Ed., PhD (c)
Brief presentation
The Kindergarten for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Argyroupolis was founded in 1986. Housed in a private area, located in a complex of school buildings, together with the Special Elementary School and the Special High School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Argyroupolis. School staff consists of: four kindergarteners, two deaf and two hearing (according to the bilingual approach model in every department working two kindergarteners, one hearing and one deaf, in order deaf and hard of hearing students to be exposed to two different linguistic inputs, Greek Sign Language and spoken and written
Greek. Also, the students are supported by additional social worker, psychologist, speech therapist, trainer and special auxiliary staff. The educational planning of the school, besides the daily teaching skills, includes many innovative programs which are approved from superior authority, such as the program for awareness towards deafness in which we brief schools for hearing children on sign language or we collaborate with some of these, especially these schools where deaf students have been integrated as an inclusive practice.
The school develops various activities which promote Greek Sign Language (GSL) as a first language for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. At the school we teach GSL as a first language in a daily program both for deaf and hard of hearing students.
University of Western Macedonia (Greece)
Address: Parko Agiou Dimitriou 1, GR50100, Kozani , GR
Telephone: +306938996066
Contact Person: Professor Anastsia Alevriadou
Brief presentation
University of Western Macedonia (UOWM) founded on 2003 under the Greek Authorities, with a decision of Greek Government at 11/04/2003 (P.D. 92/2003, G.G. 83/A/11-04-2003). University of Western Macedonia consists by three departments in the city of Florina and three departments in the city of Kozani. The internationally research oriented University of Western Macedonia (UOWM) is a socially committed institution with 6 Departments, Postgraduate Programs and PHD Programs, a highly qualified academic staff, extensive international links in both research and exchange programs and a vibrant student
Fostering fully incorporation of ICT in every day practice, the UOWM invests in innovative educational programs and multidisciplinary fields of research that correspond to the needs of the modern world. Till now, UOWM has managed more than 150 projects (both, National and European). The official website of University of Western Macedonia is at the following web address
Open Pedia  (Greece)
Address: 104 Kyprou St., GR41222 Larisa, GR
Telephone: +30 6987574423
Contact Person: Dimitrios Passos
Brief presentation
Open Pedia is a private small enterprise, established in Larissa, a city in Central Greece, that is aiming to provide services for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The purpose of the company is:
  • To provide education and training services, distance education, open learning and access to all forms of lifelong learning and innovative forms of alternative education.
  • The provision of services that promote access for persons with disabilities, new technologies and information and communication systems, including the Internet, in person and remotely.
  • The provision of training services to those directly concerned with the issues of education and accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • The provision of services for the development, use, promotion and support of applications and educational material regarding transmitting knowledge and information remotely through open and / or conventional education systems.
  • The developing of partnerships between organizations and individuals with global bodies,
  • individuals and organizations.