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Our European Projects

Working together for change

equalizent has worked with partner organisations at international level for many year. In all European projects, we work to ensure access to education and employment for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The key to change and inclusion is the use of Sign Language(s) as the language of instruction. 

Our European partnerships focus on:

  • the production of bilingual teaching and training materials
  • digital learning
  • the development of innovative methodology and didactics for teaching people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing people

Through our international partnerships, we have developed and produced sustainable, high quality products.


European projects (current)


SIDE - Supporting Innovative models for Deaf youth Empowerment

The SIDE project is co-funded with support of the European Union under the ERASMUS+ YOUTH programme. It is a 24-month project which started in March 2017 and will end in February 2019.

The project’s aim is to develop a blended model for learning based on sign languages, visual languages and arts for the acquisition of basic, transversal and professional competences by deaf youth which can support their transition from education to work.

Acknowledging the difficulties of deaf youth in accessing training and job positions and in order to improve their employment prospects, there are needed educational and vocational programmes which are accessible and build on the talents of deaf people. The choice of visual languages/arts as a method of learning stems from the specific talents that deaf people have in nonverbal creativity and from the importance of sight in their perception of reality.

In this context, the project focuses on elaborating and piloting a model for blended learning addressed to deaf youth including “real” non-formal training activities (outdoor training, coaching, Impro-theatre) and virtual training activities based on professional didactic modules developed through videos and sign language in a virtual learning environment.

The achievement of the SIDE project aims and objectives is ensured through the implementation of the following activities:

  • A survey among deaf youth aged 16 to 30 to develop a better understanding of the motivations and barriers they find in accessing training and employment, so as to highlight the main competences that need to be developed in the blended learning model.
  • Training for project staff addressed to the professionals who will work in implementing the SIDE model and will become tutors for deaf youth providing training and guidance in relation to job opportunities based on a blended learning approach.
  • The development of the SIDE Blended learning model for the piloting of curricula based on the integration of formal learning, ICT and non-formal learning as means for the social and working inclusion of deaf youth.
  • A national workshop addressed to deaf youth and reference stakeholders during which the results of SIDE piloting will be presented, explaining the advantages of using the model for Deaf youth.

The activities will be implemented by six partner organisations in four countries (Austria, Cyprus, Italy and Slovakia).

For more information: www.side-project.eu

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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ASSIST HIP - Adult education in assistive technologies for hearing impaired persons

The project supports people who work in education, training and service provision for people who are hearing impaired. The project also supports people who have hearing impairments with up-to-date information on assistive aids and assistive technologies.

There have been huge changes and advances in communication technologies and assistive technologies in recent years. These changes directly impact people with hearing impairments and help to reduce barriers within society. In fact, there is such a wide range of assistive technologies available that it is often difficult to know what will suit an individual person best.

Our target groups are people with hearing impairments, and people providing services, assistive products, health advice, education, training and other support for people with hearing impairments.

Our activities include developing an online catalogue, providing detailed information (technical, user feedback, contact information and video material) on assistive devices. We will also develop a methodology for educating people in this field. We will test our methodology by training 240 people from our target groups.

Our project started on 01 September 2018. It will end on 31 August 2020.

The project partners are Unie neslyších Brno, z.s. in the Czech Republic, Centrum vizualizace a interaktivity vzdelávání, s.r.o., Ostrava, in the Czech Republic, equalizent schulungs-und beratungs, GmbH, Wien, in Austria, Racio, družba za razvoj sloveskega kapitala, d.o.o., Celje, in Slovenia

Project number: 2018-1-CZ01-KA204-048059

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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From Theory to Practice

Our project aims to enhance the quality of education and services that special education schools provide to children ages 0 to 15 with an emphasis on their health and hearing care through mobility and cross-border cooperation between partners.

There have been lots of theoretical approaches to promoting the education of students with disabilities and deafness or hearing impairments.  However, when we consider the interventions that special education schools in Turkey and EU countries have implemented in schools over the years (such as raising awareness about cochlear implants or hearing device usage, promotion of biological facts about deafness, special categories of hearing loss, primary ear and hearing care, causes and prevention of hearing loss, ear care equipment, structure and function of hearing), it becomes clear that there is a lack of practical training by means of workshops, lectures or other professional support, not only for the students but also for their families. 

Cochlear Implants

An estimated 1 ‰ of the world's population is Deaf. There are about 10,000 Deaf people in Austria (as of 2017). According to Med El, 300 cochlear implant (CI) surgeries are performed in Austria every year and in the meantime, as many as 90 per cent of Deaf babies receive an implant. As much as 1.7 million Euros is spent here on implantations annually.

This is a very controversial topic. A CI operation is not without risks and it has an effect on the identity of the individual. On the other hand, a CI may also create new communication possibilities.

In the following video, we would like to let CI-users and the Austrian Cochlear Implant Society (= ÖCIG) have their say and gain an insight into the different perspectives. 

https://vimeo.com/245888339

How do you communicate at family celebrations

Statistically speaking, 90 per cent of Deaf children in Austria have hearing parents and nowadays, 90 per cent of all Deaf children have cochlear implants (CI). Often the assumption is that a Deaf child can become a hearing child through the use of CI. The focus in education is often placed solely on learning the spoken language.

In the video, our interviewees explain that communication in the family may still be difficult despite CI. They tell of their own personal experiences and ways in which their family deals with the challenges of communication.

https://vimeo.com/245888339

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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ViduSign

ViduSign was a 2-year European project aiming to promote the visual, digital and literacy competencies of young Deaf people aged 15 to 24 years old. The project demonstrated how creative videos can be used in teaching and as a learning aid. The young participants had the chance to learn various video-making techniques. Using these newly acquired skills, they produced videos in Sign Language. These activities helped to strengthen their identity. They acquired additional job know-how such as how to create and edit a video CV.

Further information on the project can be found on the Vidusign website at: www.vidusign.net.

The project partners were: Kulturring in Berlin e.V., Germany, equalizent . Schulungs- und Beratungs GmbH, Austria, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – GISTAL, Spain; Racio. Human capital development company GmbH; Kindersite Ltd., UK; and Universidad de Granada, ES.

The project was funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union and was completed in 2015. Nevertheless, equalizent continues to use creative video production in youth courses.

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signlanguage@school

The aim of this project was to develop teaching material for bilingual primary classes. Partner organisations from three countries took part: Austria, Germany and Bulgaria. The goal was to enable deaf pupils access to learning in their first language, Sign Language.

In order to achieve this goal, books were translated into Sign Language and content videoed. In additional, accompanying teaching materials and concepts were developed to make it easier for teachers to use video materials in bilingual classes. The final product was the Signlanguage@school Kit.

The project was funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

Further information at: www.signlanguage-school.eu

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SignLibrary

The main aim of SignLibrary was make literature accessible for Deaf people by translating World Literature into Sign Language. You can 'read' Sign Language Books in Austrian, German, Hungarian or Slovenian Sign Languages on the project website or you can download the files to your computer or mobile-device.

SignLibrary focused on:

  • Deaf children, teenagers and adults
  • Parents, family and friends of deaf people using already or learning Sign Language
  • Teachers and people working in Deaf and Sign Language education
  • Hearing people interested to learn and to improve Sign Language

The project was funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

For further information on the project and to download the Sign Language books, go to the SignLibrary website at: www.signlibrary.equalizent.com

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