Every year, 3000 to 4000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing in France, a high proportion of which live in French overseas regions. There is only one school in Guadeloupe which teaches deaf children from 3 to 18 years of age. This lack of facilities and suitable care means that 80% of the deaf population is illiterate, leading to high rate of exclusion.
Every year, 3000 to 4000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing in France
The SERAC (Deaf Non-Deaf Research Action Communication) associative centre has been working for 15 years to provide social-professional insertion and cultural access for the deaf and hard of hearing in Guadeloupe.
They opened a training centre staffed by bilingual French/French sign language trainers and deaf trainers to provide qualifying training for people with varying degrees of hearing loss.
The SERAC association aims to create literacy training courses specifically designed for the deaf and hard of hearing. This training course will enable them to acquire enough knowledge to integrate the workplace, as well as to gain confidence in their intellectual capacities and increase their autonomy. The association also supports them in developing their professional projects.