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Speaking hands

23 March 2011
Speaking-hands

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…”
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article I.

The importance of this statement becomes ever more acute when it refers to the vulnerable in society, in this instance the deaf and those hard of hearing. To be integrated in society and live a dignified life, they require assistance and appropriate conditions to learn, work and communicate.
As early as 2008, within the scope of project “Deaf Dialogue is Possible”, the “Dialogue” training and social integration centre for the deaf and hard of hearing opened in Yerevan through the assistance of the European Union. It provides more than 600 beneficiaries with free legal and psychological assistance, professional training and free literacy courses. So far the centre has organised over 200 literacy and sign language courses.
The centre also offers courses for parents, relatives and friends of the deaf and hard of hearing. “I’m proud of my mother who understands sign language and communicates with my friends. She could probably teach my friends’ parents and, thus, enlarge our circle of contacts,” said 18-year-old Greta Harytyunyan at her graduation, adding that it was thanks to the centre that she and her fellow students could share the world’s achievements.

The project aims to make the hard of hearing fully-fledged members of society. In 2010, training in 12 locations was organised for 180 beneficiaries. Topics included construction machinery, design and cooking, among others.

The centre also assists its graduates in finding employment. In addition to consulting employers on employing deaf people, the centre offers interpretation services during the initial stages of recruitment to ease employer-employee communication. Thanks to “Dialogue”, the hard of hearing can today receive driving licences and drive vehicles.

The project “Deaf Dialogue is Possible” is funded by the EU with a budget of €135,436. It is co-funded and has been implemented by the Armenian Social Aid Association, which has allocated €60.000 in cooperation with the French-Armenian Development Foundation and the “Will and Vigour” NGO.

Speaking hands

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article I.

The importance of this statement becomes ever more acute when it refers to the vulnerable in society, in this instance the deaf and those hard of hearing. To be integrated in society and live a dignified life, they require assistance and appropriate conditions to learn, work and communicate. As early as 2008, within the scope of project “Deaf Dialogue is Possible”, the “Dialogue” training and social integration centre for the deaf and hard of hearing opened in Yerevan through the assistance of the European Union. It provides more than 600 beneficiaries with free legal and psychological assistance, professional training and free literacy courses. So far the centre has organised over 200 literacy and sign language courses. The centre also offers courses for parents, relatives and friends of the deaf and hard of hearing. “I’m proud of my mother who understands sign language and communicates with my friends. She could probably teach my friends’ parents and, thus, enlarge our circle of contacts,” said 18-year-old Greta Harytyunyan at her graduation, adding that it was thanks to the centre that she and her fellow students could share the world’s achievements. The project aims to make the hard of hearing fully-fledged members of society. In 2010, training in 12 locations was organised for 180 beneficiaries. Topics included construction machinery, design and cooking, among others. The centre also assists its graduates in finding employment. In addition to consulting employers on employing deaf people, the centre offers interpretation services during the initial stages of recruitment to ease employer-employee communication. Thanks to “Dialogue”, the hard of hearing can today receive driving licences and drive vehicles. The project “Deaf Dialogue is Possible” is funded by the EU with a budget of €135,436. It is co-funded and has been implemented by the Armenian Social Aid Association, which has allocated €60.000 in cooperation with the French-Armenian Development Foundation and the “Will and Vigour” NGO.