What is LIS?
LIS (Italian Sign Language) is only one of the many existing sign languages ​​in the world.
Contrary to what one might believe, sign languages ​​are not pantomimes, they are instead languages ​​in all respects, with their own grammar and syntax, and used daily by many deaf people.
Deaf people who use sign language as their mother tongue claim to belong to the deaf community and feel like bearers of the values ​​of the deaf culture.

Our LIS courses
Since 1996 we have been organizing LIS courses held by mother tongue teachers and open to all those who are interested in learning about deaf culture and people who use sign language as their mother tongue.
The goal of our courses is to provide students with the skills necessary to carry out a simple conversation with signing deaf people.
Our training courses are aimed in particular at teachers, educators, socio-health workers, parents and relatives of deaf people.
We also organize courses at the request of schools, hospitals and health companies, cooperatives and interested bodies, with programs planned according to needs.

The Institute is nationally accredited by the Ministry of Education, University and Research for the training of school staff with Ministerial Decree of 18/10/2007 and new accreditation directive 170/2016 CLICK HERE.
Among the documents on this page you can consult the list of accredited bodies.

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Academy is the training facility for adults of the Institute for the Deaf. The training is entirely delivered in LIS, as a vehicle language for teaching. The courses can be both face-to-face and online and are aimed at deaf people, Italian and foreign, and anyone interested.
Academy also organizes cultural events, visits, exhibitions and trips.

Contact people: Marianna Luca and Nicola Della Maggiora


The course for Communication Assistants is a theoretical course of specialization that concerns various areas related to sensory disability and in particular to deafness: speech therapy, history and culture, linguistics and teaching, programming and educational experiences.

The course has been remodeled in a mixed formula, online and in person, due to the needs of the historical moment we are experiencing.

Two editions of the course are starting:
- in the Asti area (from 24 October 2020): for information:

- at the Pianezza Institute (from February / March 2021): for information

The complete course is 200 hours long and includes 120 hours of theoretical lessons, on Mondays from 2 to 6 pm, and 80 hours of observations, study and practical activities.
The mixed formula includes 80% of the theoretical online lessons and 20% of the practical / observational hours in the presence.

The course can be attended regardless of the LIS level acquired as the courses can be attended separately.

There is the possibility of attending the course also in modules, that is, the various subjects on the program can be attended separately.

At the bottom of the page you will find attached the calendars, both of the complete course and of the individual modules, with timetables, subjects, teachers, costs and registration form with the GDPR information for privacy.

At the end of the course it will be necessary to take a final exam to obtain the certificate of participation in the course.

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The Institute for the Deaf of Turin is an authorized and affiliated Center with the Center for Evaluation and
Language Certifications (CVCL) of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (Certifying Body) for the
administration of CELI tests.
The CELI Certificates are equivalent to the Certificates of the most prestigious European Institutions in the sector included in the
ALTE Framework of Reference and are divided into 6 levels on the model of the Common European Framework of
Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR). They certify skills and ability to use the Italian language and can be used in the field of work and study.
The exams for obtaining the CELI Certificates comply with the European standards of ALTE
(Association of Language Testers in Europe) and the CEF (Common European Framework) of the Council of Europe.

There are three exam sessions during the year, in the months of March, June and November (registration by
40 days from the exam).

For more information on the methods of the CELI exam (tests, evaluation, scores) consult the website
of the CVCL.

Contact people: Andre Karl Ebouaney

Department Director: Enrica Maglione