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State of the Art on Deaf Role Models

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About This Course

The State of the Art on Deaf Role Models course main aim 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 we will explore: (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.


We pursue to share experience and enhance good practices among the country partners on supporting hearing adults to accept and use Sign Language in their communication with the Deaf and empowering the role of Deaf adults as communication models on national and European level in order to ensure that the project’s products/outcomes are well grounded and are going to address the current specific needs of hearing and Deaf adults, so that their social and communicative interaction will make the most impact possible.

The Needs Assessment Survey

The needs assessment survey is carried out in each country of the partnership. At the beginning of the project the survey questionnaire has been 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.

The main aim of the research is to investigate the hearing adults needs for being able to adjust to the socio-linguistic needs of deaf people and learning Sign Language, and the practices used in any type of services offered on the private and/or public sector, schools, institutions etc. in order to enhance adults capacities and communicational skills on Sign Language, as well as the Deaf adults needs to develop counseling and training skills as role models, mentors and Sign Language teachers.


No previous knowledge in Deafness, Deaf Role Models and Sign Language is needed. Join us and be a part of the chain of Sign Lings.

Course Staff

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Dr. Marianna Hatzopoulou

Email: mhatzopoulou@gmail .com

Biography of instructor

Dr. Marianna Hatzopoulou (f) is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Hellenic Federation of the Deaf. She received her PhD on Sign Language Acquisition from Stockholm University, Department of Sign Language Linguistics on Greek Sign Language Acquisition. In 1985-1986 she majored in deaf studies and in 1989-1990 in the interpretation of Greek Sign Language. Since 1986 she has served as a teacher and special educator for the Deaf, at the National Institute of the Deaf, and since 1987 a Sign language interpreter. She has taught in the Post-graduate Program "HUMAN RIGHTS" at the University of Athens (TEAPI 1996-2009), and many other adult education in service training programs for teachers and sign language interpreters. She has worked on curriculum development for deaf and h/h children, on GSL and written MG, preschool and elementary education, on the creation of specifications for the development of accessible educational materials and teaching materials for Sign Language as well as on the assessment of educational materials for teachers and deaf and h/h students. Marianna Hatzopoulou has more than 40 publication on education of the Deaf and sign language in Greek and foreign journals and books and has written a monograph in English on Greek Sign Language acquisition. She has made more than 60 presentations at European and Greek conferences. Since 2016, she is a board member of the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters. Her research interests include Sign Language Linguistics, Sign Language Acquisition and Interpreters’ Training.

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Dr Anastasia Alevriadou

University of Western Macedonia, Florina Special Education and Teaching

Biography of instructor

Dr. Alevriadou is Full Professor of Psychology of Special Education at the University of Western Macedonia. She holds a BSc Degree in Psychology and a MSc Degree in Cognitive Psychology with special emphasis on the cognitive functions of children with disabilities. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis on the visuospatial abilities of children with intellectual disabilities (ID). She is Director of the postgraduate program “Bilingual Special (Inclusive) Education” at the University of Western Macedonia (2016 - present). She is Vice–Rector of Student’s Affairs and Postgraduate Studies at the same University. She has co-authored more than 150 papers in international journals and conferences as well as book chapters. She is also the co-author of four educational books about genetic syndromes and ID. Her research interests are individuals with ID and the barriers they face in developing choice-making skills and moving from school to the community/job market.

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