According to Professor Adrian Davies of the MRC Institute of Hearing research in the UK, there are 70 million hearing impaired men, women and children in Europe today. That number will rise to 90 million in Europe by 2015 and soar to 700 million people world-wide. Since there is no international sign-language and not two countries have identical sign-languages, how do these people connect and communicate? This global problem now has a solution – communication technology through Spread the Sign. Spread the sign is an international Leonardo da Vinci project within Transfer of innovation, supported by the European Commission. They are working with spreading sign language from different countries by using the Internet. This pedagogical self-learning tool is free to use for everyone in the world. The imagination only sets the limits of the use of this dictionary… The conference will showcase the project and the website of the project as well as provide a forum for discussion on how to prevent social exclusion of deaf people. The seminar will be interactive and we hope you will participate with your ideas, experiences and opinions.
Please register no later than November 16th johan.haggqvist@centralsweden.be

http://about.spreadthesign.com/gb/to/about/
http://press.hear-it.org/list.dsp?forside=yes&area=57