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INSIGN Pilot Project


''Improving the communication between deaf and hard of hearing persons and the EU institutions''

The Insign project has been demonstrated for first time on 9 April 2014 at an event in the European Parliament. Deaf sign language users and hard of hearing citizens during two live demonstrations contacted different MEPs with the innovative Insign platform

The European Commission has awarded, though a public procurement procedure, a twelve-month pilot project grant to a consortium led by the European Union of the Deaf (EUD) for improving the communication between deaf and hard of hearing persons and the EU institutions. The objective of the Pilot Project is to improve that communication through a technological platform and related applications to be developed during 2014. The concept of the platform has been demonstrated and tested in public at a conference taking place before the European Parliament elections 2014.

The project includes a pilot service to connect deaf and hard of hearing people to sign language interpreters in member states and captioners during their interaction with the EU institutions and vice versa. The project, called INSIGN, is carried out jointly by the European Union of the Deaf, Designit, IVéS, SignVideo, Heriot-Watt University and the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters. If the pilot project is successful, the resulting service platform could also serve as an example for the communication between the deaf and other public bodies in the EU.

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