Inclusion for Children with Deafness
The project is part of help alliance since 2019.
Around 120,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing people live in Bulgaria. Nationwide there are three special schools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.
Unfortunately, the special schools do not offer bilingual methods of training using both Bulgarian sign language and Bulgarian spoken language. The Bulgarian Sign Language is not used for educational purposes at the special schools at all and the majority of teachers do not know any sign language. In addition, the special schools are under the mainstream programs already and inclusive deaf education becomes vital for the Deaf community. This means that a certain number of mainstream schools in bigger cities needs to become fully inclusive of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and youth. This way, parents will have the opportunity to choose schools where deaf and inclusive education practices will be available for their deaf and hard of hearing children.