Helene is taking over Ulrike Lunacek's (hearing) seat, as she has just been elected to the European Parliament.
Helene is the current President of Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (Austrian Deaf Association).
Congratulations, Helene and we wish you the best of luck.
Wow, that's makes three Deaf people elected as politicans in Europe! All this is making me feel rather giddy, and it feels kind of surreal. In the space of a few days we also have Dr. Ádám Kósa elected as MEP and Helga Stevens re-elected to the Flemish Parliament.
Isn't it about time the rest of the world started catching up. Where's the Deaf mainstream politicans in your country? Get out there, and be visible.
Helene Jarmer, Die Grünen (German - Green Party)
Press Release: Österreichischer Gehörlosenbund (German - Austrian Deaf Association)
The Greens – The Green Alternative (English - Wikipedia)
Österreichisches Parlament (English - Wikipedia, Parliament of Austria)
EUD: Austria (English / sign)
Interview with Helene Jarmer (German plus sign)