Exploring family language policy in deaf-hearing mixed families

https://youtu.be/ISdZP81Zjso by: Maartje De Meulder, Annelies Kusters, and Jemina Napier We are a team of three mothers and academics (two deaf and one hearing) who sign in our everyday lives, including at home. In this project we pool our different academic backgrounds and collective expertise in sign language policy, multilingualism and language brokering (interpreting). This … Continue reading Exploring family language policy in deaf-hearing mixed families

‘Parental choice’ for hearing parents of deaf children revisited

This Friday November 30th, Liesbeth Matthijs publicly defends her PhD at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences), titled "What about sign language? A longitudinal study of the early interaction between hearing mothers and deaf infants with a cochlear implant". The study is situated in Flanders, Belgium, a world pioneer in … Continue reading ‘Parental choice’ for hearing parents of deaf children revisited

How dare you go out without an interpreter!! Acknowledging alternative and equal ways of communication

Maartje De Meulder and Annelies Kusters First this: we both have extensive experience with using sign language interpreters and we are very much in favour of using them in specific situations. We see interpreters as central to our professional and personal lives: we use them to participate in meetings, conferences, seminars, to conduct interviews and for … Continue reading How dare you go out without an interpreter!! Acknowledging alternative and equal ways of communication