Accessibility is an opportunity to minimize social exclusion of Deaf people
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Olsztyn
Voivodeship (headquarters):
warmińsko-mazurskie
Dates:
30-09-2022 - 30-09-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
26 130 EUR
Funding:
22 500 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
counselling, self-advocacy, self-organization / self-help
Target groups:
persons with disabilities

Despite the legal solutions currently in place, Deaf people continue to be a socially excluded group (Situation of d/Deaf People in Poland. Report by Commissioner for Human Rights Team for d/Deaf People, 2014). This is due to a lack of awareness on the part of people with normal hearing on how Deaf people function and their needs. We can definitely say, based on almost seven years of experience of working in this field, that the society has very little knowledge of the culture of Deaf people and the Polish Sign Language. There are still commonly-believed detrimental stereotypes regarding Deaf people.
The project addresses the problem of social exclusion of Deaf people.
We will set up a self-help group and conduct meetings for the group on preventative and awareness-raising issues, and self-advocacy. We will determine the subject matter in consultation with the attendees. We will select five people from that group to be self-advocates who, with their acquired skills, will act for the good of their community. These people will conduct workshops in government offices and other public institutions to raise awareness of the culture and needs of Deaf people. The participants in the project will be assisted by a Polish Sign Language interpreter and will be given advice on legal, civil, and psychosocial issues. We will organize voluntary work intended to assist with education of children of Deaf parents.
25 people with hearing loss from the Olsztyn area will take part in the project.
Participants in the project will gain basic knowledge about their rights, options for overcoming difficulties, and self-representation. Five people will take up self-advocacy activities.

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