Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Simon Houriez's work was prepared when Simon Houriez was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
Simon Houriez is establishing a common ground for learning for both deaf and hearing members of society, and by doing so, is fostering equal citizenship. He refuses to admit that for the deaf to be educated and recognized in French society they must adjust to the communication paradigms and the education system of the hearing. Simon thus empowers the deaf to access knowledge through more sophisticated, nuanced, and integrated sign language—giving them the opportunity to build their own cultural identity and fully integrate into society.
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