Would you like to analyse and improve the communication possibilities of deafblind people? Then this is the programme for you.
The Master's degree in Deafblindness (formerly: Communication
and Deafblindness) is a unique programme during which you acquire
theoretical and methodological skills. These skills will enable you
to analyse communication in situations that are specific to the
field of deafblindness. You will learn to apply this knowledge in
the contexts of research and intervention. The programme is
especially interesting for those who are already working as
professionals and who would like to expand their basic knowledge
and research skills.
The programme starts with the course Introduction to Communication with people with Deafblindness. In this course, you will learn about fundamental communicative processes, including topics like early symbolic communication and narratives and the role of gestures in communication and thinking.
After the introductory course, students receive coaching in methodology. You will also perform a practical training and write a learner's report. In addition, you will carry out research and write a Master's thesis.
You learn how to analyse communication in complex situations and how to stimulate progress.
My name is Caroline Lindstrom. I am from Sweden and I work in special education for a Swedish organization that provides services for people with congenital deafblindness. Some of my Nordic colleagues completed the Master's programme in Communication and Deafblindness in Groningen. This is how I heard about the programme. It is the only programme in the world which focuses on deafblindness, and is a truly international programme with lecturers and students from all over the world.
Joao Canossa - Director of Rehabilliation Services at ARCIL, Portugal / Language Therapist
I am the Director of Rehabilitation Services at ARCIL, Portugal. At this same organization, I also work as a Speech and Language Therapist, mostly with children with developmental disorders and/or disability at the Early Intervention level. As a Speech and Language Therapist, I mostly work with individuals with complex communication support needs, in many cases due to disability.