2011. 10. 06.
Mr. Geier and Mr. Kósa emphasised that in 2010 "The Brussels Declaration on Sign Languages in the European Union" was adopted. The declaration calls upon the Member States of the EU to ensure that sign language classes should be provided for family members to enable their deaf children to fully participate in family life. Mr. Kósa explained: "In 2012 the European Commission will come up with a proposal on a legislative package – the so-called Accessibility Act – dealing also with the accessibility possibilities for deaf persons. The support of sign language lessons for deaf children and their hearing parents needs to be an integrated part of this package."
Mr. Geier called upon the Commission: "Mr. Hahne's idea to initiate a "Foundation for deaf children" is absolutely essential to raise awareness not only among parents but also among decision-makers in North Rhine-Westphalia and all over Europe. The European Union urgently needs to come up with a sound approach to meet problems faced by deaf children and their parents. We need an all-encompassing as well as an everyday life-based practical proposal now."
Both MEP's agreed to keep in touch and work together on this matter in the future.
Background: excerpt from the UN CRPD article 24.4: States Parties shall take appropriate measures to employ teachers, including teachers with disabilities, who are qualified in sign language and/or Braille, and to train professionals and staff who work at all levels of education.