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.