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Deaf Role Model Guide: From the Deaf for the Deaf


About This Course

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 contains 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 contains 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 includes information on topics 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.


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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Evanthia Plahoura

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Dr. Vassili Kourbetis

Dr. Vassili Kourbetis , a teacher by profession, received his Master of Education in the Education of the Deaf in 1982 and his Doctorate of Education in Applied Psycholinguistics and Deafness in 1987 from Boston University. Vassili is a senior Counselor and Head of the Office of European and International Educational Policy at the Institute of Educational Policy. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Athens. From 2000 to 2012 he has served as a Special Education Counselor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Special Education at the Hellenic Pedagogic Institute. He has served as Scientific Director of the National Institute for the Deaf (1996- 2000) and as a Research Associate of the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (Greece) , the Hellenic Federation of the Deaf and the Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf, Boston University. He has worked as a teacher for 13 years in schools for the Deaf in the US. Vassili Kourbetis has over 40 publications in Greek and foreign journals and books, 5 monographs and over 100 presentations in Greek and foreigner congresses. He has created educational tools for the education and communication for the Deaf and the hearing with the use of Greek Sign Language, and also for students with disabilities as Scientific Director and Research Associate. His main research interests span the areas of educating students with disabilities, the community of the Deaf and the structure and use of Greek Sign Language.

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