Spread the Game is a European project that was born with the specific intention of exploring the possible uses of gamification as a tool in formal and non-formal education programs to encourage diversity, equality and inclusion. The ultimate goal is to create a toolkit to share with industry operators, highlighting different examples of gamification and creating a network with our partners in Europe through the exchange of success stories and best practices.

By good practice we mean a method or technique that has produced the best results in its field of application, often becoming the standardized way to tackle or complete a task with positive results. Exchanging good practices between different countries is the best way to learn new techniques and gain more confidence in their application, allowing us to create new models in our environment and developing inclusion.

One of the good practices we are carrying out is called SWING (Signs for Work INclusion Gain) and aims to support people with hearing problems by developing an application containing a dictionary with technical terms from different professions, facilitating communication in an environment of work. SWING is promoted by the European Commission through the Erasmus + program (Key Action 2, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) in the VET (Vocational Education and Training) field.

After extensive field trials, the corresponding dictionaries are developed with the most common technical terms in the professional field. They will be accessible both via PC and mobile devices for use “on demand” in the workplace by managers and colleagues, as a communication tool with people with hearing problems. Furthermore, for the latter, it will be possible to learn the technical terms in Sign Language. It is expected that these signs will gradually be incorporated into everyday communication, thus reducing the use of vocabulary, which will be less and less used once its goal is achieved.

SWING brings together 5 partners from 4 different countries with complementary skills and with the right background: Italy, Spain, Germany and Hungary. The coordinator of the project is FEDERSID, the Italian Social Federation for Disabilities, which aims to promote, support and implement the right measures to combat social problems and assist people. FEDERSID originated from the collaborative work of three organizations: UNIAMOCI ONLUS, H.R.Y.O. Youth Organization for Human Rights and Open Doors. In addition to the coordinator, the partnership is formed by the University of Erlangen with their Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) which will develop and adapt mobile systems to optimize the learning process; CETEM, a research center in the furniture sector that has carried out numerous projects relating to increasing the job opportunities of people with disabilities; Munka-kor Alapitvany for the hearing-impaired people (Hungary), accustomed to training people with hearing problems in the workplace, with experience in Sign Language; CEIPES, International Center for the Promotion of Education and Development, present in 8 European countries and expert in training.

The project is focused on achieving three important results: creating a Directory with words, expressions and actions necessary for adequate communication with people with hearing problems, creating a video dictionary with words, expressions and actions in different Sign Languages that can be consulted on a special platform through which it will be possible to check the different similarities between the five languages spoken: English, Italian, Spanish, German and Hungarian and 4 sign languages (Italian sign language LIS, Spanish sign language LSE, German sign language DGS and Hungarian sign language. In addition to the single terms, it will be possible to consult important information on sign language. The creation of a mobile App on training applied to sign language in the workplace is also planned.

Partners will ensure that the public has free access to all material through publication on different platforms to ensure easy consultation of all information on the project.

Click here to watch a quick overview of the project on YouTube!