equalizent was founded in 2004 and has 4 main areas of focus: people who are deaf; people who are hard of hearing; Sign Language; and diversity management. equalizent’s training and company concept are unique in Europe. Through various training and advisory services, equalizent supports people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as people with other disabilities, to find work.

A third of staff members are deaf. This means that deaf trainees are trained by deaf peers. equalizent organises the annual Diversity Ball – an accessible event which takes place in Vienna, Austria. equalizent also founded HANDS UP, an interactive exhibition, raising awareness about the Deaf world.

For more information about equalizent: German, Austrian Sign Language and English).

Istituto dei Sordi di Torino

Istituto dei Sordi di Torino or the Turin Institute for the Deaf is a non-governmental organisation founded in the nineteenth century in order to provide support for people with hearing problems (deaf, blind, and deafblind) and to train their teachers. The Institute is located at Pianezza in the North-West of Italy and provides various types of support including daily care, assisted housing, assisted learning, therapy workshops (painting, cooking, cinema, sporting activities), VET education of people with disabilities. The Institute is highly experienced in Erasmus +projects. 

For more information about Istituto dei Sordi di Torino: (in Italian and English).

Universität zu Köln

The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. Due to its outstanding scientific achievements and the high quality and diversity of its courses of study, it enjoys an excellent international reputation.

The department “Education and Didactics of Hearing Impaired People”, Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaul, at the Faculty of Human Sciences stands for proven expertise in the field of “People with Hearing Impairment”. The teaching of the department is dedicated to the training of future teachers for pupils with hearing disabilities and the study of rehabilitation sciences with a focus on “people with hearing disabilities”. Further fields of work are research projects on the professional situation of deaf people and on the situation of deaf people in old age.

For more information about the Universität zu Köln: (in German and English).

Pedagogy and Didactics of Hearing Impaired People” (in German):

Fundacja ECHO

Fundacja ECHO or the Polish Foundation for Hearing-Impaired Children -ECHO- was established on 23 March 1995 in Warsaw, Poland. The organisation was founded by parents of hearing impaired children and specialists in the field of hearing and speech therapy. There are over 820 families registered to the Foundation nowadays and 300 of them are covered by daily therapy. The Foundation’s activities are based on the Holistic Model of Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons called ECHO-PROGRESS. The Model was developed over 24 years of experience gained by the organisation. The main assumptions of the model and the tasks resulting from them are aimed at limiting the problem of social exclusion and increasing the chances for a satisfying life in mainstream society.

For more information about the Fundacja ECHO: (in Polish and English).

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