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National Network for Deaf Refugees in Germany

[presentation is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 21 at 10 am]


Presenters:  Ege Karar and Oya Ataman


Description of the Presentation:

     The presentation will focus on describing the network established for Deaf refugees in Germany. In particular, the presenters will explain how they assist Deaf refugees and immigrants through their DeafMentoring project.

Presenters’ Bios:

Ege Karar is a social pedagogue and a certified Deaf sign language interpreter in German Sign Language, Turkish Sign Language, and International Sign. He is a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate working at the Competence Center for Sign Language and Gesture of the RWTH University of Aachen, Germany. He leads the project DeafMentoring improving the transcultural social skills of Deaf persons, especially migrants and refugees. He serves the national Deaf association as a committee member for migration and refugees. 

Oya Ataman is currently based in Berlin, Germany, has extensive international interpreting in conference and community settings. She has been interpreting for the German-Turkish Deaf community for 15 years. Her academic background in literature and anthropology informs her interpreting research and teaching.