From November 2014 to May 2016 the Viribus Unitis Foundation with its associated partners conduct project known as the ‘Deaf have vote’. The aim of the project is to empower the deaf and increase social participation of that group in the Balkan countries (Serbia and Montenegro). In addition, the project is intended to transfer our experience in the democratic transition to the countries applying for a membership in the EU. Thus, we do take part in the promotion of democratic values in the Balkan region.
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As a part of the project an international conference will be held. The major subject to be discusses with a panel of experts include key legal aspects affecting everyday life of the deaf in Serbia, Montenegro, and EU countries. Next, workshops (material in Polish) will be arranged for the deaf interested in the journalism and new technologies suitable for communication between the deaf and people without any hearing impairment. As a result of the workshops, self awareness of the deaf as a cultural minority will increase. Similarly, social awareness of the lay audiences towards the deaf will improve. Thirdly, the project will support non-governmental organizations working with the deaf and will provide framework for watchdog activities conducted by the deaf and/or on behalf of the deaf.
The project has been financed by the International Visegrad Fund and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of South Korea.