Specifications after Preston meeting

Liesbeth’s summary of the requirements for the National workshops 


Preston meeting, 3-4 November 2016


  1. For Deaf sign language users, 18+ .
  2. Sign language skills: good enough to communicate fluently with teachers, other learners.
  3. Interesting / relevant for large target group.
  4. Motivating - from start to finish (motivating announcement, activities, closing event).
  5. Option: mostly about how to find+ apply for a job / about exploring possibilities of starting your own business (even if small) / or, for Deaf artists: how to create / find a market?
  6. Empowering: Deaf people CAN.
  7. Realistic: dream versus reality.
  8. Personal: learners set their own objective. “This is what I want to learn in this workshop.” (Maybe: by choosing from a list of options…).
  9. Workshop: safe environment. You cannot fail, here is where we learn, together.
  10. Teaching: by showing concrete relevant examples.  
  11. Learning by doing: try it yourself. Trainees work on tasks, own activities. Eg. Write your CV, make a presentation, …
  12. Learner is active, responsible for own work.
  13. Learners can work at own level, own pace.
  14. Trainers support, coach the trainees.
  15. Trainers are role-models: Deaf sign language users.
  16. Many different activities, many breaks & time for relaxation.
  17. Activities can include: roleplay, mock interviews, video, meetings with mentors, role models.
  18. Feedback by other trainees. Learners learn how to reflect on their own work, they learn how to give feedback, they learn how to respond to feedback.
  19. A positive end-event, maybe with presentations for ‘outside’ people (friends, relatives, business people …._)  

Things that might be included in the national workshops

  1. Mindset: confidence, ‘can do’ spirit. Learn about fear, how to overcome it. Learn that everyone makes mistakes. Failing is not the end, you CAN try again.
  2. “How to” skills. How to write a CV, fill in a form, prepare for a job interview,  // ….
  3. How to present yourself: at a job interview, a fundraiser, ..  learn about first impressions…. Also: learn about the expectations, prejudice, inexperience with deafness, in hearing world.
  4. Learn about barriers, and how to prepare for & deal with them.
  5. Learn about the language of employment that is expected …
  6. Learn about networking, how to find people to work with, people who can help you.
  7. Learn about information: what information do you need, how / where can you find this.
    Also: what information do other people want from you (e.g. in CV, in letter, on website, when meeting bank officials, ).
  8. Learn about local / national support groups, support programs, …
  9. Learn about international / EU opportunities, networks, traineeships, etc.
  10. Networking; the importance, the opportunities, the ‘how to’
  11. Deaf Gain – how to capitalize on Deaf Gain

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