Vlaamse Gebarentaal Leren (Learn VGT) on Facebook

At the moment only few options exist to learn Flemish Sign Language by yourself. In 2017, however, a facebookpage called ‘Vlaamse Gebarentaal Leren’ (Learn VGT) was launched. On this page people can casually get acquainted with Flemish Sign Language.

Vlaams Gebarentaalcentrum (Flemish Sign Language Centre)

The Vlaams Gebarentaalcentrum (Flemish Sign Language Centre, VGTC) is the Knowledge and Coordinaton Centre for Flemish Sign Language. Its main responsibilities are the following:

  • Conducting grammatical research on Flemish Sign Language
  • Publishing research results by issuing research reports (in Dutch and Flemish Sign Language), organizing lectures and seminars, …
  • Informing deaf and hearing people in Belgium about Flemish Sign Language as well as responding to international requests for information
  • Supporting other associations and services’ projects and initiatives on Flemish Sign Language.

On its website the VGTC offers much information about VGT and a tool you can use to search particular signs or post videos of signs yourself.

Online dictionary Flemish Sign Language

In the online dictionary Flemish Sign Language you can look up Dutch to VGT translations and vice versa. The dictionary mentions many signs including the region in which they are being used.

Found in the UK

Are you wondering how deaf migrants in other countries are doing? Here you can watch a documentary on 3 deaf migrants developing their deaf identity in the UK.

Mijn Kind is Doof (My Child is Deaf)

Most parents who have a deaf child are hearing. Often they have never even met a deaf person before nor do they have any knowledge on deaf culture and Flemish Sign Language. The website informs parents on how they can raise their child bilingually, i.e. using both Dutch and Flemish Sign Language, as well as what the birth of a deaf child can mean for their family.

Deaf asylum seekers in the Netherlands

In 2015 a research was being conducted on deaf asylum seekers’ experiences in the Netherlands. The study showed that they too face many barriers during migration and are only offered a few adjustments. A summary of the study can be found here. Also the German situation is shortly being covered in the report.