Deaf Are Not Deaf – EAEA Grundtvig Award 2007
To be deaf doesn’t mean that you have to limit your life and keep away from “ordinary” activities. That is what the Grundtvig project Deaf are not Deaf is all about.
EAEA’s Grundtvig award for best Grundtvig project 2007 was given to the project Deaf are not Deaf from Latvia. The award was presented to the project leader Guntra Cirule from Salo Baltic International for two years intensive co-operation involving partner from six countries – Slovakia, Estonia, Poland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Latvia. They participated in six different study trips to the different partner countries meeting organisations for deaf. The project participants have studied the varying conditions for deaf people in the different countries. “ We have been very much inspired by the different solutions that we have found during our visits. In Ireland we got inspiration to introduce special job coaches for deaf at the workplace” said Gunta Cirule. Other promising news are the mobile technology, which gives many new tools for deaf people, and the book about social rights which has been translated within the project, Gunta continued. A number of printed information materials have also been produced.
In her speech the Grundvig project officer Monika Kepé-Holmberg from the Commission congratulated the project for its good results. She was seconded by Baiba Rivza, the Lativan minister for education and science, who stressed the contribution the project has made to the equality of deaf in working life.
The award ceremony was stylishly embedded by a soft jazz performance set in the interesting environment at the Riga’s Museum of History and Navigation in the old town.
Guntra Cirule of Salo Baltic International holding the Grundtvig Award 2007.
A wonderful performance by the Choir of deaf really moved the audience.
EAEA President János Sz Tóth congratulates the winners.
Time for some jazz at the Grundtvig Award Ceremony.