Indian learners and project team celebrate success of peer-to-peer deaf literacy work at dissemination conference
We would like to thank all of the participants who contributed to the impactful and enjoyable dissemination events in Vadodara, India, marking the successful end of our peer-to-peer deaf literacy project in June. The workshop and conference were covered by VNM News Magazine (in Hindi) and the regional Times of India.
At the hands-on workshop on 24 June, presenters discussed the project’s approach and participants shared their feedback; project members gave small-group demonstrations of the bespoke SLEND platform, and led an open discussion on the next stages for this work.
The conference on 25 June covered the learners’ and host organisations’ experiences, academics’ fieldwork, links between British and Indian partners, research assistants as cultural-linguistic consultants, and peer tutors’ leadership methods. Presentations were followed by a Q&A panel discussion and a screening of the project’s documentary film.
On 26 June, the project’s Indian Advisory Committee held their final meeting, with seven esteemed members discussing the results with the researchers and representatives from the learners, peer tutors and research assistants. They made decisions on how to scale up and distribute the deaf literacy model, adapt the approach for other learner groups, and implement the findings into realistic policy changes.
We have been impressed by the commitment and achievements of our learners during this project, and the iSLanDS Institute looks forward to expanding our work on deaf literacy in the near future.