equalizent was founded in 2004 and has 4 main areas of focus: people who are deaf; people who are hard of hearing; Sign Language; and diversity management.

equalizent’s training and company concept are unique in Europe.

Through various training and advisory services, equalizent supports people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as people with other disabilities, to find work. A third of staff members are deaf. This means that deaf trainees are trained by deaf peers. 

equalizent organises the annual Diversity Ball – an accessible event which takes place in Vienna, Austria. equalizent also founded HANDS UP, an interactive exhibition, raising awareness about the Deaf world.

For more information about equalizent: (in German and English)


DeafStudio is a civic association, founded in December 2008 by 5 deaf youth looking to educate, inform, sensitise and raise awareness about the culture and needs of Deaf communities.

DeafStudio aims to preserve the cultural assets of deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as offering support for the education of deaf people. Through its projects and activities, the organisation wants to provide inspiration for the deaf community and the community as a whole.

DeafStudio works in the following areas: educational and vocational activities, advisory and consultancy activities; cultural and training activities; raising awareness and sensitisation through seminars, lectures, conferences and workshops, practical meetings, sports and recreational activities; raising professional levels of citizens, parents, students, children and the public through training and workshops; and cooperating with educators and students of educational institutions.

For more information about DeafStudio: (in Slovak)

Istituto dei Sordi di Torino

Istituto dei Sordi di Torino or the Turin Institute for the Deaf is a non-governmental organisation founded in the nineteenth century in order to provide support for people with hearing problems (deaf, blind, and deafblind) and to train their teachers. The Institute is located at Pianezza in the North-West of Italy and provides various types of support including daily care, assisted housing, assisted learning, therapy workshops (painting, cooking, cinema, sporting activities), VET education of people with disabilities. The Institute is highly experienced in Erasmus +projects. 

For more information about Istituto dei Sordi di Torino: (in Italian and English).


We support various groups, non-profit organizations and civic associations of adult and youth people who are sign language users. This category includes deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters and youth people who have various other disabilities and are proficient in sign language.

Our aim is to create innovative and productive solutions for the development of sign language users. Our company strives to support youth sign language users in their growth and development, to help pass on the right tools needed for youth and organizations to grow. The next journey, the continuation is then up to them. That’s how our logo depicts it – a few steps together, then they need to step out on their own. The colour green is a symbol of growth, development, and a wish for success. This is the vision of our company that we want to develop. To be partners with the people who are doing the work and with the organisations that are (co-)working with the people who are doing the work.

For more information about Innosign: (in Slovak)


Welcome to Turkoois, the rising star of the Netherlands’ social enterprise scene! Established in July 2022, our young company has wasted no time in making waves and creating a lasting impact. With a string of successful projects already under our belt, Turkoois is fast becoming a name to reckon with.

At the heart of our venture lies our flagship endeavor, Luhu, the first-ever Deaf-run café in Groningen, Netherlands. We take immense pride in providing a unique space where Deaf individuals can express themselves freely, while offering a warm and inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy. Our café serves as a beacon of empowerment, bridging gaps between communities and fostering understanding and appreciation.

Turkoois operates with a clear mission in mind: to address the needs and challenges faced by the Deaf community in the Netherlands and across Europe. We believe in the power of collaboration and have assembled a team of experts from diverse backgrounds to ensure that our solutions are comprehensive and effective. Whether it’s education, employment, accessibility, or advocacy, we’re committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of Deaf individuals.

Join us on this exciting journey as we push boundaries, challenge stereotypes, and champion inclusivity. Turkoois is not just a company; it’s a movement driven by passion, compassion, and a vision of a more equitable world.

Dennis Hoogeveen Consultancy

DHC was founded by Dennis Hoogeveen and focuses on three work domains: project management, accessibility and trainings.

Dennis has a lot of experience managing projects and arranging funding on national and European level. He is also a Deaf interpreter and translates documents and movies for various clients such as the Dutch government, Dovenschap (National Association of the Deaf in the Netherlands), European Commission, International Disability Alliance and so on. As an interpreter, he also visits various locations and works at two museums as a museum guide.

Originally Dennis is a teacher and he worked at the Deaf school in Netherlands. His teaching skills is also put to use in developing and giving trainings for Deaf youth and adults and covers various topics such as human rights, non-formal education, organisation management, project management, etc. 

For more information about Dennis Hoogeveen Consultancy: (in Dutch)

Hamburger Arbeitsassistenz

The Hamburger Arbeitsassistenz gGmbH was founded in 1992 by the Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Eltern für Integration e.V. in Hamburg (a local association of parents working towards social integration of people with disabilities – itself founded in 1982).

The aim of the Hamburger Arbeitsassistenz is to improve vocational integration for people who are at a particular disadvantage on the general labour market due to the type and severity of their disability. These are especially people with learning difficulties and multiple disabilities.

Hamburger Arbeitsassistenz is geared towards the concept of “supported employment” and hence towards vocational integration within companies on the general labour market.

For more information about Hamburger Arbeitsassistenz: (in German)

Centrum Vizualizace A Interaktivity Vzdelavani, s.r.o.

CVIV is a private company, developing software for training and education, creating interactive multimedia products, educational video programmes and multimedia training products, especially oriented towards the training needs of older persons and people with disabilities.

CVIV is active in the field of inclusive education. The primary target groups are people with disabilities and older people. CVIV collaborates closely with partners within the Czech Republic and abroad.

For more than a decade, CVIV staff has worked on projects in the fields of inclusive education and inclusive employment. CVIV project outputs are geared towards disseminating best practice examples of inclusive education and employment.

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