Online event Crossing the Barriers for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing newcomers

On Wednesday 3 November 2021, a free online event will be organized to conclude our Royal Kentalis project 'Crossing the Barriers'. Registration for participants is open!

Note: previously it was announced to be a three-day online event. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the national part of the event (scheduled on 4 and 5 November) will be postponed to the spring of 2022. 

About the project

The aim of the project 'Crossing the Barriers' (also known as 'Language Barriers' or 'Taalgrenzen' in Dutch) is to develop standards for specialized health care, education, and social integration of deaf and hard-of-hearing adult migrants in the Netherlands. This online event will take place to present different international research projects, to share knowledge, and to inform practitioners on the latest insights.


Time is CEST. 

09.00 Opening Linde Terpstra
09.15 Crossing Language Barriers (project 'Taalgrenzen')            Peia Prawiro-Atmodjo-Puts, the Netherlands
09.45 Break
10.00 Experiences of deaf refugees seeking asylum in Finland Nina Sivunen, Finland
10.25 Deaf refugees' languaging in Kakuma Refugee Camp Amandine LeMaire, Belgium
10.50 The complex language situation for deaf migrants in Sweden Ingela Holmström, Sweden
11.10 Break
11.30 Crossing the barriers: experiences of deaf and hard of hearing migrants Lisa Hinderks, Mirjam Blumenthal, Andrea Hubbers, the Netherlands
12.00 Panel session Chair Linde Terpstra
12.45 Closing Linde Terpstra​

Click here to view the full program including information about all presentations. 

For whom

This event is for anyone who is interested in the results and continuation of the project, including all project participants. Feel free to join us during this online event! Interpretation into Dutch Sign Language (NGT), International Sign (IS), spoken English, and Dutch is provided as well as live captions in English and Dutch.

Cost & registration

Participation is free. Please register via this link. We hope to see you there!


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