How many deaf children have hearing parents

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by the EU in January 2011, contains references to the rights of people who use sign languages ​​and to the official recognition of sign languages ​​(Articles 21 (e), 24 (3) b and 30 paragraph 4). In 1988 and 1998, Parliament adopted two resolutions on sign languages ​​calling, inter alia, on the Member States and the Commission to encourage the use of sign languages. In addition, the EU has set itself the task of achieving an employment rate of 75% within the EU by 2020 and this target can be achieved without the inclusion of people with disabilities, including one million deaf people, the majority of whom are due to a lack of adequate training in Sign language engaging in poorly paid jobs cannot be realized.

Fortunately, sign languages ​​have been recognized as languages ​​in their own right in some Member States and services have been set up for those using sign languages.

According to professional studies, the use of sign language in schools is more taken into account when parents are more involved. It is important to bank on this and begin to recognize the existence of a sign language environment in schools and elsewhere. More importantly, parents should be able to communicate better with their own children so that deaf children born into families where other family members do not have hearing impairments can be better accepted and their wellbeing increased becomes.

Experts also believe that deaf students who receive sign language-based education have much better opportunities in life in general, including in terms of higher education and access to the labor market. As mentioned in Ádám Kósa's own-initiative report on mobility and integration of people with disabilities recently adopted by Parliament, further efforts are needed to educate families about the needs and capabilities of their disabled or deaf children (see recital L and Articles 9, 60 , 80 and 105 of the resolution based on the report). In sign language-based training, it should also be ensured that parents have the opportunity to learn sign language because of their children.

What steps does the Commission intend to take to promote sign language among (hearing) parents of deaf or hard of hearing (SEN) children? How does it intend to ensure that parents of SEN children receive appropriate and reliable information on the benefits of sign languages? What steps does it intend to take to ensure that parents of SEN children are not discouraged from learning sign language?

How does the Commission intend to involve Member States, families and the deaf community in promoting sign languages ​​in families with deaf or hard of hearing children?

In engaging families with successful deaf children and deaf associations, does the Commission apply best practices from certain Member States that may be applicable across the EU?