Swing 2.0: the second transnational meeting

Swing 2.0: the second transnational meeting

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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A huge success for SWING, winner of 2020 European Language Label

A huge success for SWING, winner of 2020 European Language Label

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.

After the great success of the SWING project, we’re back with SWING 2.0 the new project for the sign language

After the great success of the SWING project, we’re back with SWING 2.0 the new project for the sign language

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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The great success of the Final Multiplier Event of the project in Italy, Spain, Germany and Hungary

The great success of the Final Multiplier Event of the project in Italy, Spain, Germany and Hungary

At the end of 32 months of work, the SWING – Signs for Work INclusion Gain (2017-1-IT01-KA202-006157) project, funded under the Erasmus+ KA2 programme, innovation and exchange of good practices in the field of VET, reach its conclusion.

The project ends by presenting and disseminating its final results, the fruit of an intense research and cooperation. The aim of the project was the creation of a video dictionary in four different sign languages (Italian, German, Spanish and Hungarian) with 150 words in three different work field: furniture, kitchen and tourism.

Each partner organized a Multiplier Event in his own country. In order to disseminate and present all the project’s final results.

The German SWING multiplier event took place on 4 March 2020 as part of an OER bar camp organised by ILI and EPALE Germany and funded by the German National Agency (BiBB).

SWING was presented both at its own stand as part of a project market and in a separate session. The project was very well received. The highly interested audience consisted of 20 stakeholders mainly from the education sector. The project received a very positive feedback. Praise was given for the scientific approach to determine the most relevant words for the target groups in each professional field, as well as for the excellent video dictionaries and the training apps. So much positive feedback motivates to continue the project in the future!

The results were presented in Italy on June 26, 2020, during an event organized by FEDERSID, with the collaboration of CEIPES.

The event was aimed at deaf and hard of hearing workers, managers, trainers or students of professional training in the tourism, furniture and culinary sector, the three areas of the sign language video dictionary.
The entire event was interpreted by the LIS (Italian Sign Language) interpreter Antonio Ingrassia, who collaborated with FEDERSID and CEIPES throughout the duration of the project for the recording of the videos that make up the structure of the video dictionary.

The event was moderated by Fulvio Grassadonio from CEIPES.

On June 29, 2020, Munka-Kör Alapítván presented the final results of the SWING Project, the web platform containing the video dictionary and the mobile applications based on it on an unusual event. According to the common opinion of twenty-one participants: hearing impaired and hearing people, students, teachers, employees and employers, we presented useful products supported by the Zoom software.
In the presentation we presented the project, the German, Italian and Spanish partner organizations, the presenter who is hearing impaired, we talked how the list of words and phrases that are the basis of the application has been prepared, the experience and new knowledge gained during the interviews. We then showed a few clips from the moments of making the video dictionary.

On the 30th of June 2020, the Spanish partner CETEM organised its Multiplier Event. This local event was planned to be conducted in CETEM´s headquarters in Yecla (Spain) but the local, national and European recommendations about the community events for large groups of people during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused that Spanish Event has been changed for an online event to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

In spite of that, Multiplier Event was a full success, because CETEM has an important presence in different sectors and for that they have important contacts with different stakeholders, due of this, it was invited policy makers, employers, VET teachers, current and future students and current professionals. Most of them were present at the seminar, in total it could be considered the permanent presence of 43 participants during the whole seminar (with moments of more than 50 viewers), some of them were furniture/tourism/culinary professionals with hearing problems, for that, the entire multiplier event was interpreted to Spanish Sign language (LSE) by Lidia Rubio Rodriguez who has been involved in the recording of the Spanish sign language videos and in the initial interviews with people with hearing problems.

Among the stimulating reflections proposed by the event’s guests, it is important to refer to a concept that is strictly connected to the main aim of the SWING project, that is the possibility of creating a network using tools that are truly useful and interconnected with the territory.
This is the case of SWING, with its video dictionary, want to give to anyone the possibility to use it as an easy, useful and immediate tool.

We felt that the feedback from the participants was more than enthusiastic and it is therefore an opportunity for the partnership to have feedback again on the results of the project and on these products, which we hope could be a turning point in the world of work and professional training.
Anyone can use the platform for free and download the application on their mobile devices.

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A very important date for our project, here are the final results of SWING!

A very important date for our project, here are the final results of SWING!

At the end of 32 months of work, the SWING – Signs for Work INclusion Gain (2017-1-IT01-KA202-006157) project, funded under the Erasmus+ KA2 programme, innovation and exchange of good practices in the field of VET comes to end, by presenting and disseminating its final results, the fruit of an intense research and cooperation. The aim of the project was the creation of a video dictionary in four different sign languages ​​(Italian, German, Spanish and Hungarian) with 150 words in three different work field: furniture, kitchen and tourism.

The video dictionary can now be used through a web platform available on the project website www.swing.ceipes.org where all the videos realized has been uploaded.

In addition, the same contents can be downloaded from a mobile App, present on Google Play and App Store, in its three different versions (furniture, kitchen, tourism) one, for each sign language.
In this way, anyone can have the opportunity to download the application and to use the training mode present for each sector and learn all the 150 words and their respective meanings in sign language.

The results were presented in Italy on June 26, 2020, during an event organized by FEDERSID, with the collaboration of CEIPES.

The event was aimed at deaf and hard of hearing workers, managers, trainers or students of professional training in the tourism, furniture and culinary sector, the three areas of the sign language video dictionary.
The entire event was interpreted by the LIS (Italian Sign Language) interpreter  Antonio Ingrassia, who collaborated with FEDERSID and CEIPES throughout the duration of the project for the recording of the videos that make up the structure of the video dictionary.

The event was moderated by Fulvio Grassadonio from CEIPES.

Guests attending the conference:
– Davide Di Pasquale and Marco Farina of FEDERSID, Uniamoci Onlus and Hryo, who thanked the participants and the guests;
– Serena Butticè, CEIPES Project Manager, who presented the work and final results of the SWING – Signs for Work INclusion Gain project;
– Giulia Briguglia, President of the Young Hoteliers Committee of Federalberghi Palermo and Province, who contributed with an intervention about “The importance of accessibility in the world of tourism”;
– Marzia Musso, Councilor of the Deaf National Body, Palermo office, with her speech “The importance of sign language for inclusion in the world of work”;
– Giusi Ferraro – ERASMUS+ INAPP NATIONAL AGENCY – National Institute for the Analysis of Public Policies, which finally showed how “Addressing disability in the world of professional training through the ERASMUS + program”.

Among the stimulating reflections proposed by theevent’s guests, it is important to refer to a concept that is strictly connected to the main aim of the SWING project, that is the possibility of creating a network using tools that are truly useful and interconnected with the territory.
This is the case of SWING, with its video dictionary, want to give to anyone the possibility to use it as an easy, useful and immediate tool.
We felt that the feedback from the participants was more than enthusiastic and it is therefore an opportunity for the partnership to have feedback again on the results of the project and on these products, which we hope could be a turning point in the world of work and professional training.

Anyone can use the platform for free and download the application on their mobile devices.
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THE LAST TRANSNATIONAL MEETING OF THE PROJECT BEFORE THE MULTIPLIER EVENT

THE LAST TRANSNATIONAL MEETING OF THE PROJECT BEFORE THE MULTIPLIER EVENT

The 5th and last Transnational Meeting of the SWING – Signs for Work Inclusion Gain (Project number: 2017-1-IT01-KA202-006157) project, took place on 16 and 17 June 2020. Due to the Covid-19 health emergency, the meeting, which was planned to take place in Palermo on April 2020, was realized to the Zoom online platform, which despite the difficulties of the historical period we are experiencing, allowed the partnership to meet one last time and to be able to discuss the last steps of this interesting and ambitious project.

The aim of this meeting was to analyze the last aspects related to the conclusion and presentation of the final results that we remember, consist of a vocabulary of the Italian, Spanish, German and Hungarian sign language in 3 different working areas (furniture, kitchen and tourism). The computer platform and the mobile app are now ready. The partnership awaits further indications for uploading the app to the App Store for iOS and Android.

A further update concerns the final stages of the project which, due to the emergency, had to face a slowdown in the organization of the final dissemination event. For this reason, the National Agency gave us the permission to extend the project for two months allowing us to organize the italian, spanish and hungarian Multiplier Events, which will take place in June, online.

The Multiplier Event in Germany had shortly already taken place in March before the lockdown.

So by now we’re getting close to the end of the project and despite this, SWING has still a lot to offer for the future.

The success of this project was determined not only by the strength and cooperation of the partnership, but above all by the availability of many local stakeholders who allowed the experimentation and which represent the kind of target that will be able to take advantage of this unusual vocabulary that can be really useful in the job field.

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