2nd October 2017 – visit to Budapest

On 25-29 September, Paweł Rutkowski was a guest at the Gusztáv Bárczi Faculty of Special Education, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Aside from lectures and discussions with researchers (deaf education specialists and cognitivists), the agenda for the visit also included meetings at a school for the Deaf in Budapest and at the Department of Disabled Affairs, Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources (whose responsibilities include the field of education). Paweł Rutkowski presented educational materials in Polish Sign Language (PJM) which the UW Section for Sign Linguistics team has been preparing on commission for the Polish Ministry of National Education for three years now. These textbook adaptations met with great interest and a positive reception. Such materials are not currently available in Hungary, but as of 1 September 2017 a law imposes an obligation on schools to ensure that every child with a hearing deficiency has access to bilingual education.