Ål Experiential College and Conference Center for Deaf People will host an international conference in collaboration with the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) on 6 – 9 November 2011 in Ål, Norway.
At the international conference, academics, educators and Deaf community leaders will be brought together to discuss the status of sign languages around the world. They will discuss about several issues related to the future of the Deaf community and bring several questions to discussion at the conference:
- What trends are emerging in different geographical locations regarding sign language in education, society, and the Deaf communities?
- How are these trends in Deaf Education changing Deaf children’s access to sign language?
- What international treaties and conventions cover language rights and how can they be used by national communities?
- What are some examples of best practices in promoting and protecting sign languages?
The keynote presenters at the conference are Dr. Peter Hauser from University of Rochester and Dr. Stuart Blume, Emeritus Professor at the University of Amsterdam. There will also be lecturers from Norway, Denmark, Uganda, Mexico, Sweden and Finland.
The EUD board will attend the conference, while they also will hold their board meeting in Ål days before the conference.
For more information about the international conference: “Sign languages as Endangered Languages”, please click here.