Given the barriers still existing for deaf people in Europe today described above, in order to achieve progress these factors needs to be addressed in order to improve the situation:

  • Overall it is important with improved political will to create the policies necessary to remove barriers
  • Main priority is the legal recognition of Sign Language and a clear strategy and Sign Language policy on how to follow up its implementation
  • Ensuring resources for Sign language research and academic programmes for experts and teachers working in Sign Language field
  • Ensuring resources for quality education of Sign Language teachers
  • Allocated resources for academic training for Sign Language interpreters
  • Create a clear system of financial responsibility when engaging a Sign Language interpreter would facilitate and encourage the use of interpreters, i.e. not leave the financial responsibility with the individual deaf person nor the individual entity/organisation
  • Disseminate good practice of accessible and inclusive policies for deaf amongst EU Member States
  • Encourage decision makers at EU and national level to cooperate with deaf associations and include in dialogues to ensure full inclusion when creating policy
  • Cooperate with deaf associations to disseminate information about accessible services to inform about their existence and encourage deaf people and to use them
  • Creating policies allowing deaf EU citizens the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of movement within EU Member States for employment and/or education on equal basis as other by facilitating the right to use Sign Language interpreter of a country you are not a citizen of
  • Including Sign Language in the definition of accessible format in the European Accessibility Act
  • Clear planning of inclusive education

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