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2.1 State Confederation of the Deaf

2.1.1 What is it?

The Spanish Confederation of the Deaf (CNSE) is a non-profit organization, that serves and cares for the interests of deaf people and their families in Spain, as well as those of the linguistic community of people who use Spanish and Catalan sign language, whether they are or not associated to the different Federations and Associations that make it up.

From its founding, in 1936, the CNSE has worked towards recognition and political awareness to achieve complete citizenship for deaf people. It has developed various help and benefits programs through its Federations and Associations.

Goal: Achieving equal opportunities for deaf people through political initiatives aimed to withdraw the barriers that impede the application of their rights.

The associative movement of the CNSE is made up of:

  • 17 Autonomous Federations – one for each Autonomous Region – and the Association of Deaf People in Melilla
  • These Federations integrate more than 115 provincial and local associations for deaf people all over the country
  • 7 Collaborating Members among which there are several associations of parents of deaf children and youths.

The CNSE participates in several forums and organizations, as a member of their governing body or through institutional collaborations:

On an international level, the CNSE, recognised as a Development Non-Governmental Organization (DNGO), actively participates and is a founding member of:

The Fundación CNSE para la Supresión de las Barreras de Comunicación (CNSE Foundation for the Withdrawal of the Communication Barriers) was founded in 1998 as a response to the wishes of the CNSE. It is a non-profit state organization from which:

  • They promote the research and study of the Spanish sign language
  • They work on the accessibility of deaf people to every aspect of life
  • They promote the development of projects that improve the quality of life of deaf people and their families

2.1.2 What does it do?

  • It advocates to all public institutions for the implementation of  measures to improve the quality of life of deaf people and their families
  • It represents the Deaf Community in national and international forums
  • It acts as a consulting entity in front of the Administration
  • It spreads knowledge, promoting research and development projects related to the deaf community
  • It offers services for the deaf, their families and the professionals related to them, in collaboration with Public Administrations
  • It guarantees the accessibility to communication, information and new technologies
  • It develops programs of access to education and jobs

2.1.3 What is its Goal?

  • Accessibility to information and communication in every aspect of life:  public services and organizations, audiovisual media and the internet, its language sign interpreters’ service, the service of video interpretation and quality subtitling, and television broadcasting in sign language.
  • Work Inclusion: a public employment service without barriers for accessing learning, which provides sign language interpreters during the tests to access public employment opportunities and increases to 7% the quota of public employment that is reserved for deaf people.
  • A health and social service that understands deafness from a psycho-social point of view, which has social service centres accessible for deaf people and develops programs of tele-assistance and escorting.
  • An inclusive education system that incorporates sign language at schools to create a network of bilingual centres with specific teachers, specialists in sign language and courses on sign language for the relatives of deaf students.
  • Culture and leisure accessible through sign language and subtitles.

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