Slovenia Under Construction: The House of Sign Language
"The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clubs Association of Slovenia is in the process of opening the House of Sign Language (HSL) in Ljubljana, which will aim to function as a cultural, educational, social, and intergenerational centre. Its planned objective is to protect, exhibit, present, and promote the rich cultural heritage of people with hearing impairments. It will include a sign language centre, a museum of deaf and hard of hearing, a children’s playroom, a coffee shop, and a souvenir shop.
The Deaf Museum will be a part of the HSL and the first museum of its kind in Slovenia. The history of deaf people is a history of the struggle for human rights and the recognition of sign language as an independent and indigenous language.
Our aims will include raising awareness among the public about cultural diversity, spreading tolerance, eliminating prejudices, and building a bridge between the world of deaf and hard of hearing people and the hearing world.
The museum will host permanent and occasional exhibitions. The permanent exhibition will take a visitor on a journey through different periods: from attempts of individual people to teach deaf persons, the founding of schools for deaf children (in Gorica, Šmihel and Ljubljana), founding of the first organisation of deaf people in 1931 through the work and life of the deaf and hard of hearing community in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the main achievements since the independence of Slovenia.
A particular emphasis will be given to deaf culture, deaf sport and Slovenian sign language along with printed and electronic media.
At present, visitors can visit our virtual museum exhibition.
Source: email by Tanja Pihlar, 10 October 2022