Free Technology Signs (FTS) is a project with 5 partners from Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Turkey. The project aims to develop accessible and bilingual digital resources (in sign and written language) to enable deaf job seekers to learn independently and acquire knowledge of transferable digital skills. We want to increase the possibility for life-long learning and personal growth for deaf job seekers, thereby facilitating greater inclusion and employability.
There are three outputs:
Output 1: Based on a survey in local sign and written languages for three target groups (deaf job seekers, deaf experts and employers/recruiters), the project partners identify the transferable digital skills deaf job seekers need to develop. The results are summarised at country and transnational level in written reports and abstracts in national and international sign languages.
Output 2: “Digital skills tutorials” is a collection of accessible tutorial videos on basic transferable digital skills (e.g. online research, internet security, social media). The videos use sign language, animations with visual images, subtitles and accompanying plain language texts. There will also be a collection of sign language vocabulary (with the written word and an image) for complex terms and jargon.
Output 3: “Blended learning training package” consists of a curriculum, a blended learning training course and an accompanying digital handbook on the subject of transferable digital skills.. Blended learning is a mix of methods using online and digital methods, as well as traditional classroom-based training. The training will be tested by deaf job seekers.
equalizent was founded in 2004 and has 4 main areas of focus: people who are deaf; people who are hard of hearing; Sign Language; and diversity management. equalizent’s training and company concept are unique in Europe. Through various training and advisory services, equalizent supports people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as people with other disabilities, to find work.
A third of staff members are deaf. This means that deaf trainees are trained by deaf peers. equalizent organises the annual Diversity Ball – an accessible event which takes place in Vienna, Austria. equalizent also founded HANDS UP, an interactive exhibition, raising awareness about the Deaf world.
For more information about equalizent: www.equalizent.wien (in ÖGS, German and English)
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