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Start date: Nov 1, 2011,

In 1988 the EU approved a resolution about Sign Languages (SL) and asked all member countries for recognition of their national SL. Although the recognition of SL is meanwhile a standard in the most of the EU member countries, there do exist various barriers in the field of equality of education.The SignLanguage@School project aims at developing & testing SL-Books and corresponding bilingual teaching concepts & material (SignLanguage@SchoolKits) for the use in bilingual elementary schools for deaf and hard of hearing children, thus offering a helpful collection of advice for realizing bilingual teaching sessions.In AT, BG and DE the structure of the SignLanguage@School project is to elaborate products within a joint team. It consists of training institutions for the deaf and hard of hearing, Universities for Eduction and selected partner-schools that take the joint responsibility for elaborating the key products. The project aims at reaching the following target groups:➢ teachers in primary schools for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing➢ deaf and hard of hearing pupils➢ policy makers (e.g. departments for education and culture, local authorities)Operational partners (AT, BG, DE) have already built up cooperation with the partner primary-schools interested in participating in the project. Some of the partners have already been involved in the previous EU-project SignLibrary.The goal of exploitation-activities is to➢ transfer the key results of the project (SignLanguage@SchoolKits) into further education programs of teachers and into➢ education curriculum development concerning the curriculum for teachers as well as for deaf pupils. To prove that “facilitating the access of all to education systems” do not remain a buzzword, the target group (children & teachers) will be actively involved in the entire project (e.g. producing SL-Books, regional transfer platforms, project meetings).
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