A team from Doncaster is making strong headway with a European sign language app after visiting Slovakia to report on the UK’s progress with the 360˚ element of the design.
The group from Doncaster Deaf Trust met with partners from 13 European countries to discuss Spread the Sign 360˚, a development which is seeing 360˚ images added to the online sign language dictionary to help Deaf people to communicate across the globe.
Alexis Johnson, executive principal at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “Once again it was brilliant to meet and discuss the latest progress of Spread the Sign with dedicated teams from around Europe.
"We’ve seen the app develop from a free, online dictionary containing thousands of video signs that are useful to different vocations, to include 360˚ images, and we know innovative features like this will bring this truly important project to life.
“Funded by Erasmus+, the app helps Deaf people to communicate in sign language in different countries. Building on the success of the www.spreadthesign.com website countries are adding 360˚ images with hot spots of all the objects that are of an interest for the vocational schools.”
The new element of the project is now well underway and will help to demonstrate different environments such as a workshop full of machines and tools, for example, with hot spots connecting to the Spread the Sign dictionary - helping deaf people to visually understand the context and learn the sign for each object.
All European partners involved in the app will now go on to record and add an additional 2,500 vocational words to the online dictionary - which will be translated into 14 different European Sign Languages - and will each produce a minimum of 30 vocational hotspots.
For further information about the project visit www.spreadthesign.com
For further information about Doncaster Deaf Trust visit www.deaf-trust.co.uk