About the speaker

Born March 29, 1983 1990 – 1999 Primary Education Institute of the Deaf in Tirana 2004 - 2007 Secondary education School “Kostandin Kristoforidhi”, Tirana 2010 – 2014 Universitety “Aleksander Xhuvani”, Elbasan - Social Work

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: 2012 – Current General Coordinator of the Albanian Association of the Deaf Supporting ANAD Advocacy, Organisational, Sign Language and Interpreter Training capacities-Project Co-editor of a Sign Language Work Manual for Developing Countries.

2005 “Sign Language Work in Albania” International Unit, Finnish Association of the Deaf, Helsinki, Finland. 2006 Introduction to Albanian Sign Language “Forum on Deaf People in Balkans” Finnish Association of the Deaf, Belgrade, Serbia. 2007 “Sign Language Work in Albania” Keynote Panel Member, Commission on the Developing Countries XV World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, Madrid, Spain “Deaf People in Albania and Albanian Sign Language”, Front Runners 3, Castberggård, Denmark. 2008 “International Sign Workshop” EUDY Camp Organisers, Volunteers and Members of Belgrade Deaf Youth Section, Belgrade, Serbia “Deaf People in Albania and Albanian Sign Language” EUDY Camp for Deaf Youth, Belgrade, Serbia. 2009 “ANAD, leadership and the future of Deaf youth work development in Albania and in Balkan” Presentation at the first Deaf youth camp in Albania arranged by ANAD, Tirana, Albania. 2010 “ANAD, leadership and the future of Deaf youth work development in Albania and in Balkan” Presentation at the second Deaf youth camp in Albania arranged by ANAD, Tirana, Albania. 2011 “Albanian Deaf Community, Development Cooperation between ANAD and FAD, Sign Language Work and Sustainable Development” Front Runners 7, Castberggård, Denmark. 2012 “We are the future leaders” Second EUDY Junior Camp, Tirana, Albania. 2013 “The Sign Language Work Manual – A Concrete Tool for Enhancing Equality for Deaf in Developing Country Context” Presentation together with Karin Hoyer at the World Federation of the Deaf conference, Sydney, Australia. 2014 Attendance at the 7th State Parties of UN Conference in New York on UN Convention for people with Disability in America.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIPS: 2013 Honorary membership of European Union of the Deaf Youth For outstanding service towards the European Union of the Deaf Youth and contribution to the national Deaf youth Awarded at EUDY General Assembly, Berlin, Germany

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