British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill passed final hurdle

Today, just a few hours ago, the Scottish Parliament passed the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill (which will become an Act after receiving Royal Assent). With the passing of this Bill, Scotland becomes the first region of the UK where British Sign Language (BSL) is given legal status. The often mentioned 2003 “recognition” of BSL … Continue reading British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill passed final hurdle

“Diversity” discourses as a way to deny access – post-ICED reflection

(blogpost by Annelies Kusters and Maartje De Meulder) At the Dutch Kentalis blog, Harry Knoors, one of the leading figures in Dutch and European Deaf education, has given his perspective on the accessibility issues during the ICED conference in Athens last week. He was responding to a discussion thread initiated by a Dutch deaf person, … Continue reading “Diversity” discourses as a way to deny access – post-ICED reflection

Conversation with Harry Knoors

At the Dutch Kentalis blog, Harry Knoors, one of the leading figures in Dutch and European Deaf education, has given his perspective on the accessibility issues during the ICED conference in Athens last week. He was responding to a discussion thread initiated by a Dutch deaf person, Juliette, which was quickly followed by other responses … Continue reading Conversation with Harry Knoors

‘Sign Language Act’ approved in Finland

This afternoon, the Finnish Parliament voted in favour of the 'Sign Language Act'. Now the first thing you might think when you read this is ‘Wait a minute, didn’t they already have recognition legislation’? And you’re right. Finland has had constitutional recognition since 1995. Section 17 of the Constitution on the ‘Right to one’s language … Continue reading ‘Sign Language Act’ approved in Finland

Recognition of Danish Sign Language

Today the Danish Parliament unanimously recognized Danish Sign Language (Dansk Tegnsprog) by passing Law 61 amending the law on the Danish Language Council (Dansk Sprognævn). The law was initiated by Lars Barfoed of the Conservative People's Party. Denmark already has a form of implicit recognition with several pieces of legislation mentioning sign language but up … Continue reading Recognition of Danish Sign Language

Studiedag VGT als thuistaal

Gisteren vond in Antwerpen de studiedag VGT als thuistaal plaats, specifiek gericht op dove ouders met horende kinderen. Filip Verhelst, dove vader van een horend en een doof kind, samen met een Deense dove vrouw, vertelde over zijn ervaringen met twee gebarentalen thuis (Vlaamse en Deense). Er waren ook getuigenissen van drie verschillende (volwassen) CODA's, … Continue reading Studiedag VGT als thuistaal

GON-symposium VLOK-CI

    *Deze opinie had ik eigenlijk in september geschreven voor de kranten, medicine naar aanleiding van wtmaar ze werd niet opgenomen. Ik post ze hier dan maar.* Op de vraag waar dove kinderen gebarentaal leren krijg je bijna altijd als antwoord: “op school zeker?” of “van hun ouders?”. Dat is een heel normaal antwoord, … Continue reading GON-symposium VLOK-CI