Educate deaf families/children in Vienna

by Verein kinderhaende
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Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Educate deaf families/children in Vienna
Eltern-Kind-Cafe (parent-children-cafe)
Eltern-Kind-Cafe (parent-children-cafe)

GlobalGiving Report 2

Spring 2018

kinderhände – children’s hands

The year 2018 started with a new edition of the parent-children-café in January and February (a total of 8 cafés (picture 1). In March the new semester started with 10 classes for babies and children starting from 6 months up to 8 years. One young participant even attended her 9th semester with us!

The year also started with charity activities for kinderhaende. First, the famous Tobias Faulhammer Quartett with special guest Thomas Faulhammer played on February 22nd at the Jazzland Vienna (picture 2). Second, together with our cooperation partner the pharmacy store Marien-Apotheke we produced a special post card which displays three signs: GEMEINSAM BARRIEREN ABBAUEN (reducing barriers together) (picture 3).

For Easter we offered special Easterbunny-sets with our learning materials, buttons, postcards and ballons which were sold in our center and also sent to families throughout Austria and Germany (picture 3).

Pictures

Picture 1: The year started with a new edition of the Eltern-Kind-Café (parent-children-café)

Picture 2: Charity event for kinderhaende at the Jazzland

Picture 3: Easter special learning-sets

Picture 4: Cooperation with the Marien-Apotheke Wien (pharmacy store)

What´s coming up next?

- kinderhaende weekend workshops for kids between 6 – 14 years in April and May.

- Organizing the 3rd bicycle tour for families with hearing and hard-of-hearing kids in July (3 days).

- Workshops in schools, kindergarden and libraries

- Production of new and bilingual learning materials

Finally, Andrea Rohrauer, co-founder and head of kinderhaende went on maternity leave. Anna Reiter takes over the position and will run the association.

On behalf of the entire kinderhaende team we would like to thank all our supporters and wish everybody a warm and colorful spring!

Barbara Schuster & Anna Reiter

Charity event for kinderhaende at the Jazzland
Charity event for kinderhaende at the Jazzland
Easter special learning-sets
Easter special learning-sets
Cooperation with the Marien-Apotheke (pharmacy)
Cooperation with the Marien-Apotheke (pharmacy)
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Our Christmas choir at Schloss Schoenbrunn
Our Christmas choir at Schloss Schoenbrunn

As mentioned in the last report, in fall we organized our bilingual Christmas choir who performed on December 3rd at the Christmas marked Schloss Schoenbrunn. In cooperation with the only bilingual kindergarden in Vienna and 3 bilingual classes, over 50 children aged 4 to 15 years rehearsed in kindergarden, school and at home eight Christmas songs in spoken German and Austrian Sign language. The song “We wish you a merry Christmas” was even performed in English and American Sign Language with a dance solo from two Deaf children. Families, friends and visitors of the marked were excited, touched and sang/signed along with the children.

Picture 1: Seconds before the beginning, the first group of children were ready to sing and sign!

Picture 2: In action – “We wish you a Merry Christmas”

For more pictures and the video of the choir, go to: https://de-de.facebook.com/kinderhaende/

 

A week after the performance of the choir we celebrated Christmas and the end of the semester with a Christmas party at the kinderhaende center. The room was packed with excited children all ages who listened and watched to a Christmas story, ate cookies and crafted snowmen.

With the end of the old year we started the preparation for the new semester. The registration for the next classes have already started and 3 classes are already booked out.

We are looking forward to another successful kinderhaende year – thanks to you and all our supporters!

We wish you and the team of “GlobalGiving” a belated happy new year!

Barbara Schuster & Andrea Rohrauer and the kinderhände-Team

Merry Christmas in sign language
Merry Christmas in sign language

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Open house at kinderhaende
Open house at kinderhaende

Global Giving Report 4

Fall 2017

kinderhände – children’s hands

After the summer, we started the new semester with our “Parent-Children-Café” every Monday in September. This is an open platform for beginners who want to get to now us, for pros who want to practice or learn more signs. It is also a good opportunity for exchange and asking questions since the cafés are visited by Deaf and hearing parents and guided by a Deaf/hearing team.

In the same month, we also had two big events. First, on September 25th we invited everybody to an open house to our kinderhände Center, celebrating our 11th anniversary of kinderhände as well as 1 year kinderhände in Mariahilf (6th district in Vienna). Old friends, new learners, supporters of kinderhände as well as the borough mayor of Mariahilf celebrated with us.

One day later, Europe celebrated the “Day of languages” with various events across Europe. For years we are part of this day offering various activities. This year we cooperated with the main library of Vienna and the company equalizent and offered workshops for the small visitors. The whole afternoon we sang and signed children’s songs and the children get to know new signs and a new language.

Finally, on October 3rd we started our semester with ten classes which are fully booked. In November there will be two additional workshops for kids – age 6 to 14 - who want to sign a whole day on the weekend.

Speaking of weekend, just last Saturday, October 14t, we participated at the 1. Deaf Fair in Salzburg. According to the organizers around 500 people from Austria and Germany visited the fair. This is a huge success and was a good possibility to advertise kinderhände in other states of Austria.

What is next? We have already started the preparation for our annual Christmas choir. Around 60 children from three different schools and one bilingual kindergarden will rehearse 8 Christmas songs together and perform them on December 4th at the Christmas market Schloss Schönbrunn.

 

Thank you for your support!

Barbara Schuster & Andrea Rohrauer and the kinderhände Team

European Day of Language with kinderhaende 1
European Day of Language with kinderhaende 1
kinderhaende at the main library in Vienna
kinderhaende at the main library in Vienna
Deaf fair in Salzburg
Deaf fair in Salzburg
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GlobalGiving Report 3

Summer 2017

kinderhände – children’s hands

 

Time is flying, so did the recent semester which ended in June. All in all 120 children and their accompanying parents visited one of the ten courses and three workshops for kids and teens on weekends. We celebrated the end of the semester with a big party on June 11th with all our participants and their families outdoors at a park nearby. The program included a jumping castle, delicious food, bilingual games with Austrian sign language and lots of fun. The pictures attached to this report give you a glimpse.

 

Picture 1: Deaf and Hearing kids and adults came together, playing, chatting and networking.

Picture 2: Everybody loves face painting and signing. This girl signs BUTTERFLY!

Picture 3: Small and tall pros, beginners and curious people met at the park and enjoyed a time in the world of sign language.

Picture 4: Children had fun jumping in the jumping castle and play with the huge soap bubbles.

 

Want to see more pictures, go to: https://de-de.facebook.com/kinderhaende/

 

Beginning with the summer school holidays in July we offered a swim course in Austrian sign language and German for Deaf, hard-of-hearing children, CODAs (children of Deaf adults) and hearing friends. Two groups (beginners and advanced) learned over the course of two weeks (every day for one hour) how to swim or behave in the water and earned themselves a swimming-badge. Here is a quote from a Deaf grandmother who visited with her Deaf daughter and hearing grandson one of the classes:

 “Hello! The swimming course is a full success! Because of the swim class, my grandson is now able to swim! Awesome! Best, C. (Email, July, 12th 2017)

 

 New in our shop is a our colorful poster with the finger alphabet (see picture 5) and a new edition of the “Lernkoffer” – a box with 200 cards and a DVD to learn the first 100 signs.

 

Once again, we want to thank all our supporters and wish all of you a great summer!

kinderhände Team

BUTTERFLY
BUTTERFLY
COUNT
COUNT
BUBBLES and JUMPING CASTLE
BUBBLES and JUMPING CASTLE
Finger alphabet
Finger alphabet
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Scene from "seeing voices" with B.Schuster
Scene from "seeing voices" with B.Schuster

GlobalGiving Report 2

Spring 2017

kinderhände – children’s hands

In preparation for the new kinderhände semester, in January and February we offered so called “Parents-Children-Cafés, a weekly forum for families and kids to get to know us, play, sing, learn new signs in Austrian sign language, or train the old ones. These informal meetings (also offered in July and September) are very popular among our participants, but also attracts new families and gives a chance to get connected, to ask questions or get information from one of the two Deaf and hearing educators who are always present. In average seven families attended each café. In March 2017 the new semester started with a workshop on the weekend for kids and ten courses for children and their parents or a family members. The youngest learners are six months old, the oldest over 50 years. To include the bilingual aspect, our courses are taught by a Deaf-hearing team. Thus all the content, exchange and communication are available in spoken German and Austrian sign language for all participants. Our educators serve as language role models for the kids, but also the parents who have to adjust to their life with a deaf or hard-of-hearing baby.

Offering sign language courses and counseling for families with deaf children is the main focus of kinderhaende. However, we also offer educators and nursery school teachers a modular training on how to use signs in learning settings for hearing, non-verbal children, for children with delayed language development or additional disabilities. So far six educational institutions and schools have booked this training and successfully apply the advantages of a visual language in the classroom or communicational settings.

Finally, we are proud to inform you that Barbara Schuster, the president of kinderhände, participated in a documentary movie which will be released on April 21th 2017 in movie theaters in Austria. The film is called “seeing voices, directed by Dariusz Kowalski. It portrays Deaf people in Austria and gives insights in their daily life, obstacles they face and joy they experience (more information: https://de-de.facebook.com/seeingvoices.derfilm)

  

Thank you for your support!

 

kinderhände Team

children signing in class
children signing in class
learning signs for food
learning signs for food

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Verein kinderhaende

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Barbara  Schuster
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