“Sign language interpreting in Kosovo – working hand in hand with the Deaf community.”
Sign language interpreting in Kosovo is a new profession. Formal training for sign language interpreters in Kosovo began in 2005, funded by the Finnish Association of the Deaf. This presentation will explore the development of the sign language interpreting profession which was supported by the Deaf community; from initial training of working in emergency settings, to advanced training and university curricula, as well the importance of the rising status of sign language in this process. Through advocacy work of Deaf people and interpreters together, Kosovo achieved sign language recognition by its government, and regulation for sign language interpreting services. We will highlight the importance of working hand in hand with the Deaf community in all phases of the development of the sign language interpreting profession.
Enver Kurtalani (Kosovo)
Executive Director, Kosovar Association of the Deaf
Enver Kurtalani is an active member of Kosovo Deaf community since 2000 when he was elected as the President of the Gjilan Deaf Association and member of the working group on developing the deaf community project. He works as the Executive Director of the Kosovar Association of the Deaf since 2006, and in 2014 he was elected as the deputy President of the Kosovo Disability Forum.
Selman Hoti (Kosovo)
Sign Language Interpreter & Interpreter Trainer
Selman Hoti was born and raised in Kosovo, and is an certified sign language interpreter and interpreter trainer with the Kosovar Association of the Deaf and Albanian National Association of the Deaf (until 2012). He worked for Kosovar Association of the Deaf since July 2004. Selman works as an interpreter for the Kosovar Television Signed News and was a board member of the World Association of the Sign Language Interpreters representing the Balkan Region (2007-2015).