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Creating Employment Opportunities for the Hearing-Impaired Youth

Mert Öztüre Special Education Vocational High School in Kınık is a school for the hearing-impaired. It is one of 20 educational institutions in this field in Turkey and one of 2 in the Aegean Region while being the only one operating in İzmir. The school hosts 68 female boarder students and 8 male day students and provides 4 years of vocational education.

Mert Öztüre Special Education Vocational High School provides education in 4 main fields, Information Technologies, Beauty and Hair Care Services, Clothing Production Technologies, Accounting and Finance. The school has modernized the technical equipment of their 5 workshops with the "Talking Hands in Vocational Education" project supported within İzmir Development Agency "Preschool and Vocational Education Financial Support Program".

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The aim of the "Talking Hands in Vocational Education" Project was to provide vocational education in sign language for the hearing-impaired students of Metin Ertüre Special Education Vocational High School. The project aimed to adapt vocational education to hearing-impaired students, to utilize latest technologies in vocational education, to help solve any communicational problems the hearing-impaired may face in social life and to raise awareness. To achieve these goals, a Sign Language Center equipped with the latest technologies where educational materials for the hearing impaired are created was established with the support of İzmir Development Agency. The existing professional fields and vocational education were amplified.

Within the scope of the project, the technical equipment of the 5 workshops operating in the fields of Information Technologies, Beauty and Hair Care Services, Clothing Production Technologies, Accounting and Finance. In addition, an apartment in the school yard was restored into the Sign Language Center. A studio was established in the Center to transfer Turkish words into the sign language through videos.

The vocational education fields and materials will be introduced in sign language with the Sign360⁰ method in the Sign Language Center and the materials will be made available online to other institutions and hearing-impaired people, expanding the project outcomes.

Number of Disabled Students Who Received Education within the Project: 89

Education Areas: Information Technologies, Beauty and Hair Care Services, Clothing Production Technologies, Accounting and Finance Employed Students: 28 in 2015, 66 in total between 2015 and 2019

Support Amount: 471,6 thousand TL*

*Indicated with 2019 figures