Zavod za gluhe in naglušne Ljubljana
ZGN Ljubljana, School for the Deaf is the central Slovenian state institution for the education of deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired children and adolescents. Founded in 1900 in Ljubljana, initially as a private institution, it has operated as a state institution since 1905. The founder of the Ljubljana School for the Deaf is Government of the Republic of Slovenia.
We educate children from the time of diagnosis until they have completed their studies at our secondary school. Our primary goal is the optimal development of the child’s abilities in all areas, with special emphasis on the development of language (the Slovene language and the Slovenian Sign Language), communication, hearing and speech. We are aware of the fact that language is essential for the comprehensive development of the child, therefore our primary goals is the development of the child’s language skills. This means that education of the Deaf is supported by the Slovenian Sign Language and the Slovene language. The hard of hearing children and the children with cochlear implants are educated in the Slovene language with the emphasis on individual speech therapy and hearing training. The speech and language impaired children are educated with emphasis on speech and language development. our main principle is holistic approach, team approach to education, training and rehabilitation and working with the parents. We employ both hearing and deaf teachers. In the last years we have paid a lot of attention to the development of the education of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.