Edinburgh Branch Seminar
In the last two decades, a special teaching profession for deaf people has become progressively more established as a clear, self-evident need. Prior to that, for a long time, deaf people were not accepted by society at large, and were perceived as incapable of receiving a general education. The developments that arose from these conditions had profound detrimental effects on deaf people’s lives and educational opportunities. Today, we can speak of the present generation as the very first to have the genuine possibility for an inclusive liberal education open to them. This represents a major shift in how deaf people are viewed, and how their real needs are perceived. However, this major shift came relatively late to Germany– in comparison to countries like Sweden or America.
In this talk, I will discuss aspects of the historical background to deaf education in Germany. I will then address recent research on the role of deaf teachers in the education of deaf students, pointing to the fact that deaf teachers can be shown to be critical to the success of deaf students. In closing, I look to the future of deaf education in Germany, and discuss the important role that needs to be played by deaf teachers in inclusive mainstream schools with deaf children.
Note on Accessibility: The talk will be given in International Sign Language and will be interpreted into English. All Welcome. Free Entry. No booking necessary.