20th February 2020 is an important date for the Bulgarian Deaf community. On this day we officially announced the launch of Deaf NOW! The initiative will work to ensure equality and empowerment of deaf people through quality and innovative Deaf education practices. The ultimate goal of the project is to pave the path for quality and inclusive education for Deaf and Hard of hearing children and youth in Bulgaria.
The event was attended by members from the Deaf community, teachers, university lecturers and experts, Ministries’ representatives and friends of the community. Deaf NOW! also received congratulations and strong support from the Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mrs. Denitsa Sacheva.
One of the main activities is the launch of a Mentorship Program that will allow young Deaf people to be involved and develop their abilities in a professional environment at the Listen Up Foundation and businesses. The newly created Video center will produce videos in Bulgarian sign language with focus on education, awareness, media, social services and more. We have also announced the forthcoming establishment of the Deaf Studies & Research Unit at the Foundation. The development of the various activities will be described in detail and shared on our site.