Partner: Mani Bianche Roma –  Sector: Social inclusion  –  Country: Italy –  Place: Rome –  Year: 2015-2018 –  Project Status: Concluded –  Type: AMI


Musical workshop for deaf and hearing children and adolescents to promote access to music for deaf people by creating an integrated choir using sign language.



Reduce the fragmentary nature of deafness through musical activities that provide a sense of unity, identity and belonging. Fostering integration between hearing and deaf youth.


Approximately 25 children, adolescents and adults, both deaf and hearing, Italian and foreign, among whom some with psychological-physical disabilities, students of the Magarotto ISISS Institute middle and high school in Rome and/or of the Fabriani boarding school.


Once a week, the Mani Bianche Roma Association, at the Fabriani boarding school of Rome, holds afternoon workshops in music and chorus, boy sopranos and sign language singing for deaf and hearing children and adolescents from different cultural backgrounds, including some with psychological-physical disabilities. In 2017 the project has also involved younger children from the Institute’s middle school via chorus and sign language workshops once a week during music lessons at school.

The white hands chorus is directed by professional musicians with the collaboration of a psychologist/sign language interpreter (LIS) and a disabilities expert. This positive musical experience enables the inclusion of children and adolescents with sensory, cognitive, motor and learning difficulties, as well as autistic children and those without disabilities, who all share a condition of social marginalization. Untill 2018 the Association has run a music workshop at the historical Magarotto scholastic institute of Rome, also with AMI support.