Title Job Open with Sign Language
Project Number A/06/B/F/LA-158.300
Project Type Language Competence (2000-2006)
About 400,000 people throughout Europe suffer
from impaired auditory senses. This rather high
percentage of the European population can, due
to this impairment of the auditory sense, neither perceive spoken language nor use it for communication.
Instead, deaf people use a very effective
and complex kind of communication – the sign
Looking at it from a linguistic point of view, these people thus belong to their own language and culture community (!), since the linguistic world of sign language is completely independent from spoken language, has its own kinds of expressions and its own grammar.
In recent years most European countries officially recognised the importance and acceptance of sign language as an own form of speech and expression.
In the constitution of almost all European
countries sign language is nowadays included as
an official language and means of communication.
Whereas sign language has been officially recognised as an official language and, thus, as an own form of speech, social discrimination is still manifold and significantly manifests itself in the education system.
The Results/Products of the JOS-project:
A holistic modular education and training concept for the Deaf in the field of mechatronics including all target groups that are part of the training and employment cycle.
Sensitisation and preparation material/teaching
units for deaf people and hearing people. Specific socio-pedagogical training, sensitisation and preparation material/teaching units for trainers of mechatronics.
Special training and study material in sign language (Austrian Sign Language, Italian Sign Language, Czech Sign Language) for selected areas of mechatronics for the Deaf.
All products for the Hearing are available in all parnter languages (English, Italian, German, Czech, Lithuanian, Spanish).
Therefor the project JOS set an example and come
up with a promising innovative approach:
The aim of the project was the development of a holisticoriented,modular education and training programme in sign language that is comparable on a European level for the profession of a mechatronics engineer. It is particularly the CAD (Computer Aided Design) part of the
mechatronics engineer training that was not at all accessible for deaf people – this was one of
the main reasons for the non-accessibility of the whole training. Therefore, the CAD training as part of the profession of a mechatronics engineer was a special focus of demand in this project.
Itwill be the first time in Europe that deaf
people will get the possibility to pass the standardised ›ECDL CAD‹ certificate.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Sectors Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
material for open learning
program or curricula
Product information All products can be downloaded and are available: www.jos-eu.org