Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010

François Goudenove is on leave from the Ashoka Fellowship. For more information on his status, please contact

This description of François Goudenove's work was prepared when François Goudenove was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Contrary to many other parts of the world, such as the U.S., deaf people are highly excluded from French society and are often considered a burden. François Goudenove is changing this mindset. François is pioneering a society in which deaf people are full citizens, prejudices among the hearing towards the deaf have disappeared, and what was once considered a disability is an asset. François’ innovative tools around sign language revolutionize deaf people’s daily lives, restore their self-confidence, and empower them to play a fuller role in society.
The New Idea
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