We are pleased to announce that a new, double issue of DLAN magazine has been published, the main topic of which is the language of the deafblind. In it, you can read many other interesting articles of employees, volunteers, members and supporters of The Deafblind Association of Slovenia DLAN on as many as 90 pages.
In 2020, many important changes took place in the field of the language of the deafblind in Slovenia, both in the profession and among users in the community of people with deafblindness.
In February 2020, we organized a round table where experts in linguistics, pedagogy, the rights of people with disabilities and deafblindness recognized and acknowledge the language of the deafblind as the mother tongue of people with deafblindness and concluded that for developing language and communication skills efforts for continuous professional treatment from birth are needed, and legislation on the right of people with deafblindness to use the language of the deafblind and an interpreter for the deafblind is also necessary.
Efforts followed to enshrine the language of the deafblind in the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia, equivalent to the Slovene language, Slovene sign language and the languages of both minorities. This would allow laws to be passed in the future that will also include the fundamental rights of people with deafblindness. The entry of the language into the Constitution of the Republic of Slovenia, which will be decided on 17 February 2021, was also supported by the Rotary District and the Lions District.
You can read more professional articles and other articles on the language of the deafblind and the rights of people with deafblindness in the journal on pages 23–54: DLAN Magazine 13–14 (December 2020): The Language of the Deafblind.