Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2002
This description of Silvana Veinberg's work was prepared when Silvana Veinberg was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
Silvana collaborates with parents, teachers, doctors, and public administrators to ensure that deaf people live productive lives and are able to act as autonomous citizens with the right and freedom to integrate more easily with the hearing public. She is doing so chiefly by improving deaf education through such measures as introducing sign language into the classroom. In addition, she is ensuring the spread of information and medical research regarding deafness throughout the region. This research helps direct public policy and education reforms, public awareness efforts, and health care in relation to the deaf community. Silvana is also challenging harmful labels and stereotypes that stem from public misinformation and engender prejudice toward the deaf. In their place she is helping the Argentine public see and respect the qualities that distinguish the deaf community. This is a first step in achieving social integration. By involving deaf individuals and groups in understanding and defining their place in society, she is helping them to integrate.
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