The European Federation of Associations of Teachers of the Deaf (FEAPDA) is a group of Teachers of the Deaf from across Europe and includes the following countries:
|●||Belgium: CORA, Flamish association of audiopedagogues.|
|●||Germany: BDH, Berufsverband Deutscher Hörgeschädigten Pedagogen (www.b-d-h.de).|
|●||Italy: AIES, Associazione Italiana Educatori dei Sordi (www.aies.it).|
|●||Luxembourg: Professeurs d'enseignement logopédique du Luxembourg (www.logopedie.lu).|
|●||The Netherlands: Simea, Dutch association of teachers of the deaf (www.simea.nl).|
|●||Polen: Polskie Towarzystwo Surdopedagogiczne.|
|●||Slovenia: DD, Slowenian association of teachers of the deaf.|
|●||Sweden: SHD, Swedish association for teachers of the deaf (www.shd.se).|
|●||Switzerland: BHP, Berufsverband Deutscher Hörgeschädigten Pedagogik - Schweiz (www.bhp-schweiz.ch) and GRPS, Groupe Romand des Professionels de la Surdité Suisse|
|●||United Kingdom: BATOD, British association of teachers of the deaf (www.batod.org.uk).|
The federation has been running for 40 years. The aim of the federation is to look at issues concerning the education of deaf children and young people. A congress is held every two years in one of the member countries. The aim of these biennial congresses is to spread good practice, to hear about new developments in the field and to allow Teachers of the Deaf to meet each other to discuss their work with deaf children and young people.
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FEAPDA brings together associations of Teachers of the Deaf from all over Europe. The aim of FEAPDA is to represent and support Teachers of the Deaf by sharing good practice principally through organising a biennial congress hosted by one of the member countries.
Recently there have been several developments in FEAPDA's operations. An exciting initiative for combating the exclusion of deaf children by developing teacher training competencies through the Leonardo Project has been established among a number of organisations including FEAPDA. The Leonardo Project offers the best preparation for the future of Deaf Education moving towards an inclusive model of excellence and specialised, targeted support.
FEAPDA has an increasingly dynamic website and this, along with other developments, means that the interests of deaf children and young people in Europe have never been better identified and promoted.
Mr. Walter Wouts established the federation in 1969 in Brussels, Belgium. He was principal of a school for deaf children. He was very active in promoting FEAPDA. The setting up of this federation came from a desire of Teachers of the Deaf to play a more active role in discussions and to allow them to express and exchange ideas about the education of deaf children and young people more effectively than in the big international congresses. The federation holds a Congress every two years.
2013 The Congress was held in Slovenia at the University of Koper.
2011 The congress was held at Sint Michielsgestel in the Netherlands and looked at literacy.
2009 The congress was held in Verona, Italy which will look at professionals working with families.
2007 The congress was held in Friedberg,Germany which looked at cochlear implants.
2005 The congress was held in Geneva Switzerland which looked at deaf children from ethnic minorities
2003 The congress, held in Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom looked at the issue of challenging behaviour in deaf children and examined what causes such behaviour in young people. What are the triggers and how do we deal with them best? How do we identify and manage these behaviours? Are they always exclusive to the child and do we ever consider that we are part of the problem rather than the solution? .Quick Link to Speeches
2001 There was a congress in Strasbourg, France. This congress looked at new challenges in the education of deaf children.
1999 The congress was held in in Orebro, Sweden. This congress looked at sign bilingualism.
1997 The congress was held in Antwerpen, Belgium. This congress looked at early intervention.
1995 The congress was held in Siena, Italy. This congress looked at the integration of hearing-impaired children and young people.
1993 The congress was held in Luxembourg. This congress looked at education of deaf children with a cochlear implant.
1991 The congress was held in Zurich, Switzerland. This congress looked at cooperation between school, parents and deaf adults in the education of deaf children and young people. Possibilities and limitations.
1989 The congress was held in Rotterdam in The Netherlands. This congress looked at why there are special schools for the deaf
1987 The congress was held in Marseille, France. This congress looked at reading with particular reference to modern technology.
1985 The congress was held in Essen, Germany and discussed the multi-handicapped deaf child
1983 The congress was held in Sigtuna, Sweden and discussed the topic "language acquisition - but how ????????"
1981 The congress was held in Fribourg, Switzerland and discussed issues of communication.
1979 The congress was held in Oslo, Norway and discussed reading and deaf children
1977 There was a congress in Bordeaux, France which discussed the possibilities of ensuring the education of the profoundly deaf children in the framework of the education of hearing children.
1975 The congress was held in Essen, Germany and discussed the uses and limitations of special apparatus in the acquisition of speech by deaf children
1973 The congress was held in Nyborg,Denmark and discussed hearing-impaired children at nursery and primary school level
1971 The congress was held in Luxembourg and it discussed the curriculum for older pupils.
1969 The congress was held in Groningen, The Netherlands and discussed basic problems of the language development of profoundly deaf children.