Project Newsletter
January 2023
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Last year of work for the SHAPES project.

The EU-funded Smart & Healthy Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems is entering in his final year. Partners are actually working hard to achieve in creating the first European open Ecosystem enabling the large-scale deployment of a broad range of digital solutions for supporting and extending healthy and independent living for such older individuals.


Deaf Museums in Europe:

The final chapter of the deaf museums' project 

As a reminder, the Deaf Museums is a group of people from 7 organisations in 6 European countries. The project started on October 1st 2020, and is funded by the EU. We have a few months to go, and it is clear from the progress made that the Deaf Museums team has put its heart and soul into the project.  In particular, the case studies relate to the experiences of setting up the exhibitions and the exhibitions themselves. The final output will be a full report of the research.
Please visit for further updates, and stay tuned as more information will be published soon.



Intelligent Automatic Sign Language Translation

The EASIER project aims to create a service for machine translation between spoken and signed languages to allow for barrier-free communication among deaf and hearing citizens across Europe. EUD’s role in the project is to integrate the deaf community for needs analysis, specifications, design, feedback and evaluation.
As part of our role, EUD has wrapped up the first evaluation cycle, testing the different features of the EASIER service with 62 end-users across 7 European sign language communities. We have shared the evaluation feedback with our technical partners, who are eager to improve the app according to the community's needs. We will join our EASIER partners for a consortium meeting in Athens in February, where we will plan and discuss activities in this project's final year. 
The EASIER project will also host the Sign Neologisms workshop in Athens on February 10th to explore the topic of how people in different fields and domains of society address the problem of lexical gaps in sign language. The workshop is free to attend and includes lunch, but participants must pay for their own transport and accommodation. For more information in International Sign and registration link, see the project page:



SignON Update

The SignON project aims to create a mobile application that uses cutting edge machine translation technology to translate between sign and speech, targeting the Irish, British, Dutch, Flemish and Spanish Sign Languages and English, Irish, Dutch, Spanish spoken languages. EUD’s role within the project is to lead the co-creation and user response activities.

In this role, we have so far completed several co-creation events in different target countries: 2 events in Ireland in collaboration with Deaf Village Ireland, 1 in The Netherlands in collaboration with Nederlands Gebarencentrum. In addition to these co-creation events, partners in Ireland organised a creative performance in Irish Sign Langage to encourage the public to reflect on the issues of machine translation of sign languages. This year we look forward to even more user involvement: aside from upcoming events in Flanders and in Spain, we are excited to host two special focus groups targeting deaf-blind users and users of minority ethnic backgrounds in Europe. We will also connect with end-users through widespread online surveys across all the target language communities in the upcoming year.

The SignON consortium will gather together in Dublin at the end of February for a project-wide meeting, where members of the consortium including EUD will also be present at the Royal Irish Society’s event on Sign Languages on the Island of Ireland: Recognition and Human Rights.


Accessible Democratic Processes for All: European Elections for the Deaf (ADPA-EED) :

EUD's project with the European Parliament

EUD is pleased to share with you the agreement of co-financing, by the European Parliament, on a project in the framework of a pan-European engagement grant related to the European Elections in 2024. This project will run from January 2023 to June 2024. For a year and a half, in collaboration with the European Parliament, EUD will address relevant topics in the framework of the 2024 European Elections.

The project called Accessible Democratic Processes for All: European Elections for the Deaf (ADPA-EED), aims to make information about the European Parliament (EP) accessible to deaf Europeans by providing high-quality translations of existing EP material into International Sign, developing a toolkit for deaf people about political participation, hosting live webinars to address important topics relevant to deaf participation in EP elections, and executing a media campaign to distribute these resources on various platforms. The project will collaborate with current or former Members of the European Parliament and deaf politicians on the local, regional or national levels to provide insights into European politics and participation in political life as a deaf person. The project will also deliver videos in International Sign on different topics regarding the European elections, along with accompanying electronic infographics, leaflets and webinars.

Free Technology Signs:

FTS Update:

As explained during our general assembly in Marseilles, France. Free Technology Signs (FTS) is a joint project with four partners (Austria, Germany, Italy and Turkey). It aims to develop accessible and bilingual (sign language and written language) digital resources to enable deaf jobseekers to learn autonomously and acquire transferable digital skills.

We have just finished the first part of the project, namely the target group survey. We want to express our warm thanks to the NADs who took the time to participate in the survey. This has enabled us to identify the transferable digital skills that deaf job seekers need to develop. The information gathered will be the basis for the second part of the project: the creation of digital skills tutorials.

  More about the project  ➞

Closed Projects

Justisigns 2:

Supporting victims of gender-based violence

Justisigns 2 is ending. As a reminder, the project found a lack of knowledge and resources for deaf women who experience gender-based violence (GBV) and that interpreters were hesitant to work in GBV contexts due to a lack of training or expertise. The Justisigns 2 project aimed to specifically address access to GBV support through interpreters for deaf signers, who are a linguistic and cultural minority, and migrants, refugees, and asylum-seeking women who use languages of lesser diffusion. The project will focus on developing a better understanding of the needs of women and girls from minority communities who have experienced GBV and how their linguistic and cultural backgrounds may impact their encounters with GBV services. It also aims to improve the understanding of interpreters working in GBV contexts and the goals of the service providers they are working with. 

  More about the project  ➞

Webinar on 8th December 2022: JustiSigns2's outcomes


Deaf Senior Education for Active Living

DESEAL project ended with organising the DESEAL event, which took place in Brussels, Belgium. Forty-two deaf seniors came to see the results of months of work. 
Be assured the results are also publicly available below. The outputs range from the analysis and abstract, the national and transnational reports, and the toolkits to the advisory guidelines for trainers and organisations working with deaf seniors.

DESEAL's results

Upcoming events

EASIER Consortium Meeting    
February 6, 2023 → February 10, 2023    
Athens, Greece

EASIER: Sign Neologisms Workshop
February 10, 2023    
Athens, Greece

Deaf Museums Meeting    
February 8, 2023 → February 10, 2023    
Presov, Slovakia

SignOn Consortium Meeting 
February 22, 2023 → February 24, 2023    
Dublin, Ireland

Free Tech Signs Consortium Meeting    
March 22, 2023 → March 24, 2023    
Brussels, Belgium

European Union of the Deaf (EUD) is looking for a new staff member to join our team. 

- Project Officer
- Policy Manager

We offer a full-time Belgian contract (38 hours, initially for 1-year, permanent contract thereafter, dependent on positive evaluation and funding available).

Policy Manager
Project Officer

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