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Deaf Role Model Guide: From the Deaf for the Deaf


About This Course

The Deaf Role Model Guide: From Deaf for Deaf aims to become a tool for training Deaf adults as professionals to support and empower hearing and Deaf adults (professionals, family members, colleagues) to work and collaborate with Deaf people from the early years of life through adulthood.

The Guide contains adequate personal experience information on the developmental, emotional, social and language needs of Deaf people. The Guide is intended for Deaf adults, members of the Deaf community who are to be trained as Deaf Role Models to support other Deaf adults with their paradigm.

It intends to provide practical knowledge to Deaf people to advance their professional and personal lives

The development of the Guide incorporates these principles:

Collaboration with the community.

Learning can be enriched through the full inclusion of community members. Deaf Role Models from the Deaf community will bring expertise and perspectives from their lives and experiences to enhance the learning of members of the Deaf World.

It is especially helpful to collaborate and connect with experts from the community when learning about specific cultural contexts to avoid offending or misrepresenting Deaf culture. Collaboration among community members enhances relational learning. Thus, those involved in the training process learn from each other through the sharing of their experience and ideas and they create the learning - teaching material, together.

Considering Diversity

The proposed resources reflect sensitivity to diversity and incorporate positive role representations. The content meets the diverse social and communication needs of adults, enhancing social participation and inclusion. The Guide gives voice to all members of the Deaf community.

Features of the Teachers Guide

The guide will contains two sections which will cover the main topics:

  1. The Deaf World and the Hearing World
  2. Working as a Role Model

The guide includes information on topics about the Deaf World and the Hearing World:
  • The hearing adults needs and difficulties, the emotional stages they go throw dealing with deafness
  • The developmental cognitive, social and linguistic characteristic/skills of deaf people,
  • Deaf adults developing communication skills,,
  • The Deaf Community
  • Relationships between the deaf world and the hearing world
  • Inclusion and cultural exchange in both worlds


No prior knowledge of Deafness, Deaf Role Models and Sign Language is required. Join us and become part of the Sign Links chain.

Course Staff

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Evanthia Plahoura

Evanthia Plahoura is a graduate of the Pedagogical Department of Primary Education, and has been working at the Ministry of Education since 2009. Since 2020 she has been working as a seconded employee at the Kaftanzogleio National Stadium in Thessaloniki. She is intensively involved in the activities of the Deaf Community, has been secretary of the Deaf Youth Committee of the Hellenic Federation of the Deaf, a member of the Sports Club for the Deaf and is vice president of the Hellenic Association of Deaf Olympians. She is a Deaf interpreter, and has been collaborating in the program "Universal Design and Development of Accessible Educational Material" as an Interpreter - Translator, since 2019. She has collaborated in the Erasmus + program "Pame Samothraki" as an International Sign Language Interpreter. She is a collaborator in the transnational program Erasmus + "Deaf Adults as Role models for the Hearing World: Links of the Same Chain" "Sign Links". She has been an actress of the Greek Deaf Theater since 2002, and one of its directors since 2009. She is a certified Greek Sign Language teacher, and prepares trainees of GSL interpreters for their professional certification. In all this, her main interest is the education of the Deaf and their familiarity with the Greek written language.

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Dr. Vassili Kourbetis

Vassilis Kourbetis has been a teacher since 1979, with a Master of Education in Deaf Education in 1982 and a Doctor of Education in Applied Psycholinguistics and Deafness in 1987 from Boston University. From February 2012 to the present, he has been a Consultant A at the Ministry of Education and until September 2018 he was the Coordinator of the Special Education and Training Unit at the IEP. From 2000 to 2012 he was a Special Education Consultant at the Pedagogical Institute. He has numerous publications in Greek and foreign journals and books, 4 monographs and numerous presentations in Greek and foreign conferences. He has created Educational Tools for the education and communication of Deaf and hearing people using Greek Sign Language as Scientific Manager of research projects: and and the present educational platform His main research interest is the education and community of Deaf people and the structure, teaching and use of Greek Sign Language.

Monitoring and participation

The course is FREE for everyone to attend and with your participation you get access to all course materials (videos, texts, articles, exercises and assignments).

Confirmation of participation and attendance

On successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Successful completion means completion of all course assessment questions and your final grade point average must be greater than or equal to 60%.