• European sign language project gets a 360 degree development

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    October 30, 2018

    A team from Doncaster have visited Sweden to progress the next stages of a European sign language.

    The group from Doncaster Deaf Trust met with partners from 14 European countries to discuss Spread the Sign 360, a development which will see 360 degree images added to the online sign language dictionary to help Deaf people across the globe.

    Alan Robinson, executive principal at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of this project and have had a very successful trip to Sweden to meet with our European partners and talk about how we can now deliver the next stages of Spread the Sign.

    “The project is funded by Erasmus+ which means we are able to continue our work with our partners from others Deaf organisations across Europe.

    “This project will help Deaf people to communicate in sign language in different countries. Building on the success of the www.spreadthesign.com website we will now add 360 degree images with hot spots of all the objects that are of an interest for the vocational schools.”

    Following the meeting, work will now start and the sign language dictionary will be improved with the new feature for the vocational educational training of deaf students around Europe.

    Sweden based Thomas Lydell, project coordinator for Spread the Sign said: “It was fantastic to get all of our European partners together in Sweden for this kick off meeting for the next stage of our journey. 

    “Spread the Sign 360 will be a wonderful resource for Deaf people who want to learn or work in a different country. 

    “Our online dictionary and app are free to use and contains thousands of video signs that are useful to different vocations.

    “We are now looking forward to capturing images to bring the project to life, showing for example, a workshop full of machines and tools with hot spots connecting to the Spread the sign dictionary, so that Deaf people can visually understand the context and be given the sign for each object.”

    For further information about the project visit www.spreadthesign.com

    For further information about Doncaster Deaf Trust visit www.deaf-trust.co.uk 

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