Kentalis in the Netherlands


Royal Dutch Kentalis is a national organization in the Netherlands, specialized in providing diagnostic, care and education to persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deafblind, and to those who have a language impairment. Our expertise is focused on bridging communication barriers.


Do you like to receive more information on the work of Kentalis in the Netherlands? Or would you like to contact one of our staff members for information around registration for you or your child? Please contact us at or call us at 0800 53 68 25 47 (free of charge)


Royal Dutch Kentalis is unique in combining academic and applied research, staff training and hands-on practical experience from teachers, psychologists, linguists, audiologists and speech therapists, to name a few. All under one roof, enabling mutual continuous learning and creating space for innovation.

With more than 100 locations spread over the country, Kentalis is the biggest organization in the Netherlands working in the field of hearing and communication.


With support of Kentalis, five professorial chairs were established at Dutch Universities, reflecting the specific expertise in language and communication. 

More and more Dutch citizens sets up (small scaled) private initiatives in civil society. The so called Particuliere Initiatieven (PI). We are happy to cooperate with private initiatives and work together in creating opportunities for people with a hearing status, deafblindness, or a language impairment. 


Visit Kentalis

Would you like to visit Kentalis in the Netherlands? Then join our International Visitors Days November 4-6 2019 where we open our doors for you. A beautiful program is waiting for you.

Guyot in Groningen

Royal Dutch Kentalis has a more than 225 year history. On April 14th in 1790, the Walloon Reverend Henri Daniel Guyot took the initiative to start teaching deaf children in Groningen in the North of the Netherlands. He started out with a classroom of 14 students.