Health without barriers

Health information in sign language for deaf people in Vienna

2,000 Euro Prize

winner 8
Year:
2019
Country/Region:
Vienna
Sector:
Commercial Enterprise
Fields of action:
Disability
Health / Care
Age of the target group:
all age groups
Gender of the target group:
all genders
Project owner:
Marien Apotheke Wien
Responsible person:
Karin Simonitsch
Website:
www.marienapo.eu/gehoerlos
Votes in total: 1

What is it about?

The Marien pharmacy in Vienna’s 6th district is a point of contact for deaf people, where Austria’s first deaf pharmacist provides health information in Austrian sign language. Besides from personal counselling, the pharmacy also offers public information videos on health topics in sign language and health talks in deaf unions in order to strenghten deaf people’s health literacy.

Appreciation of the Jury

Such a service did not previously exist in Vienna. The health literacy of as many deaf people as possible is strengthened in different ways. With the involvement of the deaf community and in cooperation with various institutions and professions, the bilingual employees of the Marien Apotheke are constantly implementing innovative ideas. The individual example is apparently successfully infectious: For example, in the nearby home for pensioners, a club and own housing for the deaf have recently been established ...