SWING 2.0 is the direct follow-up to its successful predecessor project SWING. With the help of innovative, self-developed and free digital tools, SWING 2.0 aims to facilitate the acquisition and use of sign language in various service sectors.
A core element of SWING 2.0 is the research in 5 different service sectors – Tour Guides, Health Staff, Civil Servant, Waiters and Sales People – and the investigation of the usual communication situations and communication contents involved.
The Swing 2.0 project consortium is pleased to announce the completion of IO1 “Final reports with most useful words to facilitate the communication with people with hearing problems in different important situations / job positions”. Specifically, the partners of Swing 2.0 have developed 5 different research reports, which summaries the field research cycle carried out and a final document with the 100 selected words in each work sector. The individual research steps – observations in real environment, simulation, interviews, and round table – their results and the conclusions drawn from them are the contents of these five reports.
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The aim of the research study is to identify a relevant word list for five different work sectors. This project has resources for the implementation of the most important 100 words for sector and their meanings in multi-lingual sign language videos.
The following took part in the research cycle in the various partner countries: professionals, sign language translators and deaf persons, for whom the development of sign language dictionaries is specifically beneficial.
Above all, the sign language learning materials to be developed in SWING 2.0 are intended to raise awareness for deaf people and their languages, to introduce the sign language vocabulary in different work sectors and, and to stimulate curiosity for a more in-depth engagement with sign language in the context of sign language courses.
In addition to these advantages at the level of the learners, all results and strategies can be picked up, used and shared free of charge by all interested groups of people and organisations.
With this in mind, we are pleased to provide you with these five-report information about our first research steps in the SWING 2.0 project.
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The third Transnational Meeting of Swing 2.0 Project was held on 17-18 May 2022 in Fürth – Nuremberg.
This meeting, hosted by ILI-FAU, allowed the consortium to meet for the first time in presence.
The main aim of SWING 2.0 is facilitate, with innovative and free tools, the acquisition of basic sign language in different work environments where its use could enhance the integration of deaf community at different levels.
Currently the consortium is about to finish IO1 “Final reports with most useful words to facilitate the communication with people with hearing problems in different important situations / job positions” and has just started developing IO2 “Video – dictionaries and other features of selected words in 5 sign languages and 4 spoken languages ”.
During the two days of meeting, the Partners of the Swing 2.0 project discussed the development of 5 reports and 100 selected words. For each sector – tour guides, health staff, civil servant and salespeople – the words that will make up the video dictionary in five sign languages have been finally identified.
This great result was achieved through a complex field research process – carried out in Italy, Spain, Germany and Austria – which included: observations in the real environment; interviews with different target groups; round tables and simulations. All these activities were actively attended by sign language interpreters, deaf or hearing-impaired people and professionals from several sectors.
Now the Consortium is finally ready to start recording in different sign languages 5000 videos, these contents will make up the SWING 2.0 dictionaries and the learning system surrounding them.
This Transnational Project Meeting was an important occasion of sharing and discussion that strengthened the already solid cooperation between the partners.
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The 2nd Transnational Meeting of Swing 2.0 Project was held on 12 January 2022.
The meeting took place online, in compliance with the Covid-19 regulations.
The main aim of SWING 2.0 is following the steps of the successful SWING project and facilitate, with innovative and free tools, the acquisition of basic sign language in different work environments where its use could enhance the integration of deaf community. During the meeting all partners had the possibility to briefly present the results of the first steps in relation to IO1 “Final reports with most useful words to facilitate the communication with people with hearing problems in different important situations/job positions”.
The consortium is currently carrying out several interviews with translators, professionals and hearing-impaired people. In order to promote the success of the SWING 2.0 project, it is an essential goal of the project team to use the expertise, knowledge and interests of personnel from the job positions of Civil Servants, Health Staff, Waiters, Salespeople and Tour Guides. Interviews are conducted to ensure that the materials to be developed (i.e., the sign language video dictionaries and the learning system surrounding them) are relevant and useful for being used in those job positions.
It was a very important occasion of sharing and discussion that strengthened the already solid cooperation between the partners.
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Another huge success for the SWING project. On Monday 21 December 2021, SWING – Sign for Inclusion Gain project (ended in May 2020) received the European Language Label 2020 in the vocational training sector, during the award ceremony in Rome.
The ceremony was full of testimonies: some Italian Minister, the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri and Christian Greco, director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin, kicked off the event. Also, the National Agencies intervened for the Erasmus + 2021/2027 program. During the afternoon, the Erasmus+ quality projects were awarded, including Swing project.
CEIPES President, Musa Kirkar, and Rita Ascarini, financial manager, took part in the award ceremony, held at the Sala Protomoteca in Campidoglio (Rome). Maria T. De Monte and Manuel Muzzurru from the State Institute for the Deaf in Rome (ISSR) accompanied them. Manuel is a video editing technician with hearing problems who has been collaborating with ISSR since 2009. He entertained the audience by talking about his experience with European Erasmus+ projects and his involvement during the implementation of Swing project. Manuel is also actively participating in the research and video editing phases of the new Swing 2.0 project, a follow-up born from the enormous success of Swing.
SWING project was therefore awarded the European Language Label by virtue of the added value to the existing training offer and for the focus on the professional inclusion of members of a group at risk of exclusion, such as the deaf community. The results of SWING project are in fact accessible to all and facilitate communication between employers, hearing workers and deaf workers.
On 3th and 4th of December 2020 thanks to an online conference due to COVID-19, took place kick off meeting of our brand new KA2 project SWING 2.0.
One of the major barriers for Deaf people or with hearing loss is the lack of recognition, acceptance and use of sign language in all areas of life as well as lack of respect for Deaf People’s cultural and linguistical identity.
This leads to marginalization of them in different aspects of life. In fact, there are a wide range of professionals who are interacting directly with deaf people, such as health workers, civil servants or other like salesman, waiters, or tour guides which could need a specific training in basic sign language tailored to their necessities to facilitate some services and full integration of deaf collective, even as workmates, increasing their job opportunities.
The intention of SWING 2.0 is following the steps of the successful SWING project and facilitate, with innovative and free own developed tools, the acquisition and use of basic sign language in different work environments where its use could enhance the integration of deaf community at different levels.
Specifically, the expected results of the project are:
Final reports with most useful words to facilitate the communication with people with hearing problems in different important situations/job positions
Video-dictionaries and other features of selected words in 5 sign languages and 4 spoken languages
Innovative training course with practical activities to learn 5 sign languages (IS, LIS, LSE, DGS and ÖGS) in 5 work environments
The kick-off meeting was a great occasion to present the partners of the consortium and also to talk about the first steps of the project. The consortium is also working on the visual identity of the project and on the creation of the social media channels.
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On 15th October 20 the consortium of partners participated in the Erasmus days, an initiative that involves all of Europe in 3 days of events and activities in which the Erasmus Programme is presented!
The 2019 edition saw the organization of 3995 events in 51 different countries.
This year SWING consortium decided to participate thanks the realization of a podcast in which the Italian partner CEIPES focused on a very important topic: the role of technology in today’s teaching and the acquisition of basic and professionalizing digital skills within different target groups.
SWING: Signs for Work INclusion Gain Disorders (Project number 2017-1-IT01-KA202-006157) is a project aimed to create is born with the aim of supporting deaf people in the workplace through the development of a video-dictionary in 4 different Signs Languages with work technical terms in the fields of culinary, furniture and tourism.
Projects team is composed by 5 partners – organization with different profiles from 4 different European countries: Italy, Spain, Germany and Hungary. The partners have a background both in the deaf, Special Educational Needs and technological fields.
During the podcast there was an excursus on the role of technology with regards to the emergency situation in which we are living, on the data security and what the EC is doing through the digital agenda in terms of data and people protection, up to the use of new technologies such as KET and 4.0 manufacturing technologies, such as Additive manufacturing, in specific sectors but above all in the didactic field and with groups of disadvantaged students.
A special thanks goes to ANG radio – Youth is in the air volunteers who made the event possible.
To listen the podcast in Italian languages please click on the following link: https://soundcloud.com/user-975488990/erasmus-days