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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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:

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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Our 4th Transnational Meeting in Germany!

Our 4th Transnational Meeting in Germany!

SWING project is proceeding very well!

On 26th and 28th of November 2019 the 4th Transnational Meeting of the SWING project took meeting took place in Nuremberg, in the headquarter of the German partner, FAU – University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg).

We are very happy for the work done on these days, everything continues right on schedule.

This ERASMUS+ project is aimed to create a dictionary of 4 sign language (Italian, Spanish, German and Hungarian), usable and accessible to all through a web platform and a mobile app.

The partners involved in the implementation of this project are: the coordinators FEDERSID from Italy, CETEM (Spain), ILI (Germany)  CEIPES (from Italy, too) and Munka-KörAlapítvány (Hungary).

Following the schedule, the meeting was the occasion to check the status of work about the web platform that will be ready in the following weeks and the mobile application. The output leader is CETEM for the platform and in the designing of the mobile app, the output leader is ILI.

These days, dedicated to the meeting, have been very productive and the partners had the opportunity to verify that the work is proceeding successfully.

Moreover, it was a good occasion to know a good pratice in Nuremberg. The VET school BBW is very active in the field of training for students with disabilities, too, in culinary, tourism and furniture.

Thanks to ILI partners, from FAU university, we had the occasion to know closely this practice.

The good relation and the great collaboration between the partners play for sure an important role in the ambitious achievement of the relevant objectives.

We can see the incredible results of these products and we are looking forward to present this outputs at the next and last transnational meeting in Palermo.

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Directories with words: reports published!

Directories with words: reports published!

SWING project consortium is glad to inform you all that the 3 reports of the Intellectual Output 1: “Directory with words, expressions, actions that it has to be necessary for a suitable communication with people with hearing impairments in 3 different work environments”, has been published in the “publications” section of this website.

You can have a direct access from this link—>

The output aim was to make a list of 150 words per each work field (450 in total), but in order to achieve these results, different activities have been carried out:

1) Design of the Methodology and Identificaton of the work situations to be studied
2) Observation of the work situation in several selected companies  in Italy, Spain, Germany and Hungary: creation of a first draft of words list.
3) Interviews to people with and without hearing impariments to receive feedback about the draft list.
4) Mock conversation: a role playing activity aimed to receive more feedback about the word list.
5) Creation o the final list of 150 word per sector.

The final words lists and the reports that describe all those mentioned activities are available at the following links:

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