Title VOGS+Deaf: Parallel Establishing of European Vocational Guidance Standard Model of the Deaf people, developed under Leonardo da Vinci program of European Union, in Lithuania and Hungary with the help of Estonia and Germany
Project Number LLP-LdV-TOI-2010-LT-0081
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The establishment of the vocational guidance model for Deaf people developed existing educational and vocational guidance systems with a new dimension – vocational guidance services for the Deaf, adapted exactly to the needs and possibilities of this disabled target group. Adequate vocational guidance help the Deaf to learn about their existing or desired qualifications, to choose a profession, compatible with their personal features and guide the elaboration of services for other disabilities. Thus equal vocational and lifelong learning opportunities for Deaf, flexibility on the labour market and integration into the society can be improved with Vocational Guidance Standard for Deaf.
The essence of the project was to consider the special needs in vocational guidance and fulfill the gap of adequate guidance for the Deaf by establishing vocational guidance standards based on the “Vocational Guidance Standard for Deaf People” created by the Austrian institute within the scope of LEONARDO Pilot Project VOGS and developed in SALO Baltic International OÜ 2007 TOI project VOGS+. European vocational guidance model for the Deaf was created, tested and approved in some partner states. The resulting establishment process and experiences in different backgrounds tested the basic VOGS+ Deaf in new circumstances, disseminated and completed it. The completed VOGS+Deaf model was integrated into existing vocational guidance systems through the training of practicing counselors.
Project partners: The project was carried out in close cooperation of four partner states with different cultural-political and geographical backgrounds: Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary and Germany. All partner organizations are working in the field of vocational guidance generally and particularly in vocational training of disabled people and the Deaf.
The results of the project become a complete toolbox for the vocational guidance of the Deaf developed, discussed and complemented in close exchange of the partners: the general description of the innovative model with video components, scientifically approved tests for the Deaf, including evaluation and interpretation schemes and guidelines for counselors, assisting and vocational guidance specialists in tandem (hearing and deaf) from LT, HU and EE trained to work with VOGS+Deaf and the VOGS+Deaf training programs in national languages for further training of counselors.
According to research data, the majority of disabled people of employable age in the partner countries were faced with limited education, qualification and employment opportunities. The main obstacle to entering the labour market and/or raising their qualifications was the low or unspecified level of education for Deaf and lack of motivation. The former situation with no vocational rehabilitation system and/or vocational guidance accepting the different special needs of disabled people, for example in VOGS+Deaf project context the different linguistic and cultural background of the Deaf, was made complicated for the target group to use the mainstream offers of vocational guidance.
VOGS standards for Deaf, applied to local circumstances in national languages helped for Deaf people to get vocational guidance by the teams of tandems specialists, prepared in the frame of VOGS+Deaf project.
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program or curricula
Product information VOGS+Deaf portfolio for counseling: book, Interview forms and tests descriptions, DVD with video tests in sign language for Deaf, brochure, leaflets, visit cards, promoting materials.