efsli TOD – Zagreb November 2017

efsli Training on Demand

From 3rd to 5th November 2017

In cooperation with
DODIR – Croatian Association of Deafblind Persons


This training will be exploring interpreting with Deafblind people.

Trainers will focus on various aspects of deafblindness and interpretation.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • various aspects of deafblindness
  • terminology and Deafblind identity
  • communication limitations of the Deafblind
  • deafblind interpreting and different interpreting methods
  • SL interpreter vs DB interpreter
  • definition and role of deafblind interpreters
  • guiding the Deafblind
  • visual description – what kind of information does the Deafblind wish to receive
  • interpretation processes – communication indications during Interpretation
  • the importance of Ethics and its basic Principles when working with the Deafblind

Blindfolded and with earplugs, participants will be guided and interpreted to for a while, which will give them an insight of the huge difference that the level of skill on part of the deafblind interpreter is. Participants will switch roles to experience both being deafblind and acting as a deafblind interpreter.

Address of the training venue: 

Medulićeva 34, 10 000 Zagreb (Croatia).

Training Schedule

The school will be held in Zagreb (Croatia) from 3rd to 5th of November 2017.The training schedule is as follows:

Friday 3rd November from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday 4th November from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 5th November from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Who are our trainers?

Sanja Tarczay, PhD. (Croatia)

Sanja Tarczay was born in Zagreb, as a deaf child in a deaf family and later became Deafblind.
In 1994, she established the Croatian Association of Deafblind Persons – Dodir – where she currently serves as President. She is the creator of a Croatian Sign Language course, courses for Service Support Providers (SSPs), courses for Sign language interpreters and Deafblind interpreters and the founder of the Croatian Sign Language Interpreting Centre. Since 2008, Sanja has been the practicum leader for a module on Deafblindness at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, and a lecturer on Sign Language at the University of Applied Health Studies in Zagreb. She has also lectured at numerous other universities at home and abroad as a guest lecturer. She has published several expert and research papers, both as a sole contributor and as co-author and has participated in 40 conferences at home and abroad. In 2013, she was elected President of the European Deafblind Union. Sanja earned her Doctorate degree in 2014; her thesis was titled, ”Meeting Challenges – Deafblind Interpreting From a User’s Perspective.“ She is fluent in five Sign Languages including: Croatian Sign Language, British Sign Language (BSL), International Sign Language (ISL), Swedish Sign Language and American Sign Language. She received the “Award for the Promotion of Rights of the Child” in 2016 from the Croatian Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Welfare for “outstanding achievement in protecting the welfare, rights and interests of children.”

Sanna Paasonen (Finland)

MAIN WORK: Teacher of Sign Language, Finnish and communication supporting methods, Evantia Oy
OTHERS: Keyperson of the domestic violence work, freelance trainer (e.g. the Sign Language interpreter training program in Finland) and estate agent.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES: Trained first Bulgarian interpreters for Deafblind persons for four years ago, had a presentation about the Deafblindness on the WFD conference a year ago and based with ms Angela Pimpinella the Deafblind Women´s Forum of EDbU for four years ago, leaded the ERCW and EDbU conference in Finland. Cooperating as an expert with the Threehold to the Ethiopian Deafblind Association many years.
MAIN EDUCATION: Education of Master (the classroom teacher training program), University of Jyväskylä. PRO GRADU: “10 Golden Rules” – views of Deafblind persons from different countries how to face a Deafblind person.
POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY AT THIS MOMENT: The Finnish Deafblind Association (board), The Deaf Club of Mikkeli (president), The Mikkeli Council on Disability (board), ESTERY – supporting federations of the social and health fields in Southern Savo (board). The National Disability Forum of the Employment (member).

Who can register?

Deaf and hearing sign language interpreters interested in this topic with none to medium experience in the field of deafblind interpreting.


Your place on the course will be confirmed by email.

Please do not book your accommodation or travel until your place on the course has been confirmed. Or if you do so, it will be at your own risk.

Selection of participants will be made according to the “first come, first served” system.

How much does it cost?

The registration fee includes tuition, coffee breaks and course material. Participants will have to arrange for their own accommodation and travel.

Payments must be made the same day of registration. If not, your registration is not valid.Please email a copy of the proof of your payment to the efsli back office. If you have difficulties when making your payment, please immediately contact the efsli secretariat at admin@efsli.org

Registration fees:

  • efsli individual member (GDP up to 20.000 €) 70,00 euros
  • efsli individual member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 150,00 euros
  • non efsli individual member (GDP up to 20.000 €) 140,00 euros
  • non efsli individual member (GDP exceeding 20.000 €) 300,00 euros

Individual membership is open to Sign Language Interpreters within Europe and other interested persons who subscribe to the aim and objectives of efsli.

Sign language interpreters who are members of National Associations (full members of efsli) are not automatically individual efsli members. You can become an individual member here: https://www.efsli.org/efslishop/MembershipRenewal/_Select_.htm

Cancellation policy:

Please be advised that if you wish to cancel your registration then the following applies.

If your cancellation is received:

• before 16th October 2017: 50% refund minus bank transfer fee

• after 16th October 2017: no refund

Changes in registration is 50 Euro. This charge will be applied if you decide not to cancel your registration but send someone else instead of you. Cancellations must be sent by email to admin@efsli.org and need to be confirmed by efsli.

How do I register?

Registration and payment deadline is 16th October 2017.

Please use this link for registration

Payment instructions:
PAYPAL (+ charges)
If you like to pay by paypal, please use the paypal button below.

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Please tranfer the fee + bank charges to:
BNP Parisbas, Belgium
IBAN: BE71 2900 1504 9569
Account number: 290 – 0150495 – 69
EFSLI (European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters)
Wetstraat 26/15
1040 Brussels
Please add in the description of the bank transfer: your name and “efsli TOD in Zagreb 2017”
If you have further questions about the efsli school, please contact team@efsli.org

Looking forward to welcoming you in Zagreb!