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The main aim of IT(S) is to develop new audience in theatres, mainstreaming inclusive practices for visually and hearing impaired persons during theatre performances at European Level.

Specific Objectives:

  • share good practices for Inclusive Theater between experts through formal and non formal training activities;
  • mainstream and scale-up accessible theaters in Countries where support services for visually and hearing impaired persons are provided;
  • test and validate pilot actions for inclusive services in Theatres of 6 Countries;
  • develop and deploy a Europe-wide Awareness Raising Campaign about the needs of visually and/or hearing impaired persons in theatres, stimulating inclusive policies and community engagement;
  • disseminate the project's findings and the EU support to its implementation, ensuring a long-term sustainability.

The project wil involve cultural operators, audio describers, audio translators and audio description service providers; subtitlers, translators in signs language and similar services providers; deaf and hearing impaired people (targeted audience); blind and visually impaired people (targeted audience); policy-makers; media and journalists; general public e local communities.

The Outcomes produced are the following:

  • ER1. Improved competences and skills of audio describers, audio translators, subtitlers and translators in signs language;
  • ER2. Improved competences of cultural operators (public and private) in management of inclusive practices for hearing and visual impaired audience;
  • ER3. New audience developed in the involved theaters, thanks to the empowering of inclusive services;
  • ER4. Awareness raised among the regular theater audience and policy-makers about policies and practices of social inclusion through culture.
  • ER5. Raised awareness and interest on project's activities and EU Funding Programmes.

Partners

 

Start: 1 September 2019

End: 28 February 2022

Duration: 30 months

Funding stream: Creative Europe large-scale cooperation project

Project number: 607353

Project website: TBC

More information: Ms Alison CarminkeCreative Europe logo

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Health Research-Based Innovative Open Educational Resources and Tools for Lighting Design Students and Professionals (LIGHT4HEALTH) project will establish and deepen a strategic partnership for teaching health research methods and findings to lighting designers at graduate level.

LIGHT4HEALTH partnership brings together six internationally renowned institutions from the UK, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Russia, and the US, to bring together their advanced research and teaching expertise on the intersection of lighting design and health research in a validated cross-disciplinary course offer of excellence, extended with rich and professionally produced open educational materials, and an online Virtual Lab platform aimed at accessibility and fostering implementation across Europe.

Various participants are considered for the pilots and beyond. Students from participating universities, enrolled in on-campus Lighting Design programmes including the released course, are direct end-users of the project outputs. Other participants who enroll on the online version of the course through the Virtual Lab or in replications across Europe will include all types of learners, educators, industry workers, and design practitioners. Four public events at national, EU, and international level will be the main activities of dissemination and communication for relevant stakeholders who are essential not only as the target audience, but also as users of the Virtual Lab, multipliers of the knowledge generated, and a source of valuable feedback.

The project will trigger processes and produce results that are likely to become self-sustaining and develop further, such as the LIGHT4HEALTH teaching community and the Virtual Lab.  The project will help to prepare graduates for the lighting industry and other employers in Europe and around the world, thus contributing to making European economies more research-driven, knowledge-based, and competitive.

Partners

University of Wolverhampton: (United Kingdom) (Project Coordinator)

Aalborg Universitet: (Denmark)

Hochschule Wismar: (Germany)

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan KTH/ Royal Institute of Technology KTH: (Sweden)

Itmo University: (Russian Federation)

Jefferson Horizon Research, LLC (United States)

 

Start: 01/10/2018

End: 31/08/2021

Duration: 35 months

Funding Stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships

Total grant: €429,062

Project Number: 2018-1-UK01-KA203-048246

More information:  Miss Natasha George

 

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Digital advances have brought new challenges for Europe’s learners and teachers. Algorithms used by social media sites and news portals can be powerful amplifiers of bias or fake news, while data privacy has become a key concern in the digital society (evidenced by the new General Data Proection Regulation). EU citizens, above all young students, are vulnerable to cyberbullying and cyberharassment, predatory behaviour or disturbing online content. Everyday exposure to digital data, driven largely by inscrutable algorithms, creates clear risks and requires more than ever critical thinking and the ability to engage positively and competently in the digital environment.

The project's pioneering approach is to:

(1) develop pilot-test and evaluate a TOOLKIT which will support schools to establish a ‘WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH’;

(2) strengthen teacher profiles and equip them with essential media literacy skills to deal with digital citizenship issues in their schools;

(3) provide teachers with 100+1 educational tools, resources and tools to upgrade the quality of available resources aiming to empower young students to become responsible, critical, global citizens of the digitalised and connected world we live in.

Partners:

University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom) (Project Coordinator)

Emphasys Centre (Cyprus)

National Center For Scientific Research "Demokritos" (Greece)

Antenna (Cyprus)

Arbeitskreis Ostviertel e.V. (Germany)

 

Start: 01-09-2018

End: 31-08-2021

Duration: 36 months

Funding stream: Erasmus+ and Strategic Partnerships

Project number: 2018-1-UK01-KA201-048041

Total grant: €329,975

More information: Miss Natasha George

 

 

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SSaW aims to produce a sign vocabulary (based on International Sign) of around 200 essential Health and Safety (H&S) words and phrases (in multilingual glossary and e-learning resource format), to facilitate workplace communication between all employees, whatever their hearing and language ability. We expect that two target groups who will particularly benefit from improved workplace communication are D/deaf/hearing-impaired (D/deaf/HI) workers, and migrant workers.

This objective has been formulated around known needs, based on existing research policy, and is strongly aligned with Erasmus+ objectives and priorities.

The European Framework Directive 89/391 on Safety and Health at Work is a milestone in improving safety and health at work, which guarantees minimum safety and health requirements throughout Europe. Employers are therefore strongly motivated to ensure their employees' H&S in the workplace, and an easy way for all employees to communicate urgent messages, particularly in high-risk situations, will help to do this. It will also reduce employer's concerns about workplace communication issues, which should encourage an increase in the employment of D/deaf/HI people, and migrants, (acting on the horizontal priority of social inclusion). Furthermore, according to the Health and Safety Executive, manufacturing and construction are the industries with the highest rates of industrial deafness cases, and so employers who do not have systems in place for D/deaf/HI employees are likely to lose more experienced workers whose hearing becomes impaired over time. This further relates to the aging of the workforce, an issue raised in the EC's Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020.

University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom)  (Project Coordinator)

Universitaet Klagenfurt (Austria)

Istituto Statale Sordi Di Roma (Italy)  

Searchlighter Services Ltd (United Kingdom)  

Bellyfeel Media Limited (United Kingdom) 

Asociacion Empresarial De Investigacion Centro Tecnologico Del Muebley La Madera De La Region De Murcia (CETEM) (Spain)  

Vyzkumny ustav bezpecnosti prace, v.v.i. (Czech Republic) 

 

Start: 1 November 2018

End: 30 April 2021

Duration: 30 months

Funding Stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership

Total grant: €361,901

Project Number: 2018-1-UK01-KA202-048037

More information: Miss Natasha George

 

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It is established that the majority of the participants with disabilities are at least familiar with the use of their 'smartphone' and the social media. The partners want to use this fact to increase in an international context their skills of using digital media. And at the same time enriching their intercultural interaction skills with each other in an artistic context.

Through the joint artistic approach to the social theme, the project aims to improve a number of skills of persons with mental disabilities.

By using the techniques of international mobility events as group formation, the intercultural skills of the participants with disabilities and their arts facilitators will be improved: through teambuilding in an international group of actors/actresses during three more days workshops and in between contacts by using the social media and live stream.

Digital skills are improved through the intense interaction with social media as a 'group of friends from five countries'; working with live streaming events, the 'rehearsals’ that will become artistic video conferences; and finally by processing each other's video images in each other's show moments. To lead this process a specialized informal education organization will be engaged.

Partners

Gc De Zeyp (Belgium)  (Project Coordinator)

Trešnjevka Cultural Centre (Croatia)

University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom)

ACCAC Global (Finland)

University of Atypical (United Kingdom)

Mediaraven (Belgium)

 

Start: 1 October 2018

End: 21 March 2021

Duration: 30 months

Funding Stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership

UoW grant: €48,980

Project Number: 2018-1-BE02-KA204-046862

More information: Ms Alison Carminke 

 

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In this project, the Fellow, Dr Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna, will research the implementation of the new UK deportation system concerning EU nationals. With Brexit and the abandonment of the free movement and residence principle, the UK will define its new immigration policy concerning EU nationals.

The new immigration policies will aim to control and circumscribe the mobility of the citizens of the EU member states, currently free to travel, live and work in the UK. They may also be returned or deported only under very specific circumstances. Following Brexit, those who will not comply with the new regulations will become deportable.

The fellow will propose a comprehensive approach to the UK deportation regime, taking into account its various components: (1) immigration policies, (2) agencies that enforce them, (3) public debate that accompanies changes in migration policies and their implementation, (4) migrants that become deportable and are deported, as well as (5) return migrants and stayers back in sending countries who consider migrating to the UK and who adjust their (im)mobility strategies according to, or resisting, migration policies.

The project assumes that the deportation regime is a transnational phenomenon, since it concerns not only people in migrant-receiving countries, but also in migrant-sending counties. The research offers an analysis of the largest migrant group in the UK, the Poles. The case of the Polish migrants will offer an insight into how the transnational UK deportation regime becomes rooted among migrants and develops back in their hometown communities.

The project draws upon interdisciplinary qualitative methodologies, including multi-sited ethnography, Critical Discourse Analysis of media, and legal analysis. Its outcomes will reach EU, UK and Polish policy makers, influential think tanks, the academic community and the general public.

 

Start: 1 November 2018

End: 31 October 2020

Funding stream: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Total grant

More informationProf John Roberts and Dr Francesco Paradiso

 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 786490

The project is aimed at supporting deaf and hard of hearing professionals who are currently self-employed and those who are considering Media as a route to employment.

The project includes the creation and implementation of an app specifically tailored to secure instant access to sign language and technical information whenever the target user encounters it.

An online training course will be developed so as to allow the deaf and hard of hearing to gain and enhance their skills in the national written language, as well as the national sign language.

As part of the project, a number of methodologies will be implemented in order to develop the design of the app and complete the actual technical development and functionality, including the creation of signed videos.

Partners

 

Start: 01 September 2017

End: 31 August 2020

Duration: 36 months

Funding stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships

Total grant: €311,311

Project number: 2017-1-UK01-KA202-036682

More information: Ms Sam Hope

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The project is aimed at supporting deaf and hard of hearing professionals who are currently self-employed and those who are considering Media as a route to employment.

The project includes the creation of a French glossary in order to enhance the knowledge of sign language, which importance is still not well acknowledged. A series of inspirational media trainings will also be delivered. They will be focused on giving participants a series of principles, strategies and techniques to work smarter and more efficiently in the new paradigms of media production.

Support will be given to deaf and hard of hearing professionals in order to boost their employability in the media sector by removing barriers to language, as well as the promotion of mobility and collaboration within an active European deaf and hard of hearing community.

Partners

 

Start: 01 September 2017

End: 31 August 2020

Duration: 36 months

Funding stream: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships

Total grant: €275,215

Project number: 2017-1-UK01-KA202-036690

More information: Ms Sam Hope

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This project aims to help people with dementia engage in social contexts to improve psychosocial wellbeing. People who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias often face cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial difficulties, including impairment and degeneration of memory and of perceptions of identity. In a social context, this can cause difficulties of recognizing, relating to and empathising with other people. These difficulties often pose a challenge for engaging socially, reinforcing their effects and reducing personal well-being.

Design can offer novel ways of complementing existing care approaches to empower people with dementia in everyday social situations. Utilising the concept of mindful design, we will investigate innovative design solutions to enable selfempowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia. We will specifically focus on two areas: personal difficulties with social interaction and environmental influences on social engagement. In these two contexts, we will study how personal, wearable designs can help mediate perceptions of identity and emotion management; and how environmental aspects can reduce feelings of information overload and instill feelings of self-empowerment and control.

The outcomes and benefits of the project will include: the development of new uses of design for helping people with dementia to engage socially and improve subjective well-being; the presentation of a robust methodological co-design framework for the development and evaluation of the designs in dementia care settings; the development of a holistic mindful model of designing and of a model for mindful care for social engagement for people with dementia; policy recommendations for the inclusion of design within dementia care.

This groundbreaking project will be enabled through an innovative consortium of academic and non-academic partners that combines research in product and environmental design, ICT, and dementia care.

Partners

 

Start: 1 March 2016

End: 28 February 2020

Duration: 48 months

Funding stream: Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Total grant: €531,000

Project number: 691001-MinD

Project website: http://designingfordementia.eu/

More information: Dr Kristina Niedderer or Ms Alison Carminke‌‌

 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 691001

 

ABBA logo Sign and Sound Theatre

"Accessible and inclusive culture" is one of Creative Europe's key aims. The EC's European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 aims to "remove barriers to equal participation in...leisure activities".

This project addresses both by removing "attitudinal barriers", exploring new ways to produce inclusive arts, for inclusive audiences. It aims to lead to artists and spectators, with(out) disabilities, enjoying the same theatre experience at the same time, and without one artist/audience being favored over another. It works on a Europe-wide problem around lack of inclusion in the arts.

It does this through 3 strands of activity: 
1) Test ways of cooperation between cultural centres and service providers to work together to engage a range of audiences (with(out) disabilities) in inclusive art performances. 
2) Encourage deaf and hearing artists to collaborate through piloting ((play: guardians of dreams) a new theatre technique - Innovative Bilingual Theatre (IBT) - using integrated sign and spoken language. 
3) Trial ways to adapt IBT for other different needs and media, e.g. blind, learning difficulties.

The project provides capacity building and transnational mobility through workshops in three areas: 
1) For cultural and service provider organisations, to learn how to engage audiences with different needs in the arts (theatre as a trial); 
2) For artistic directors, to learn how to use IBT as a tool for developing inclusive theatre performances (or adapt it to other media and needs); 
3) For artists, to learn how to perform using IBT in collaboration between artists with different needs (e.g. hearing and deaf).

The pilot IBT performance is a play produced by 6 partner countries, and premiered and toured in each.

The project concludes with a conference in Brussels, (International Deaf Week, 9/19). This will include results and feedback from the workshops and performances, and will present the guidelines and the recommendations for European policy makers.

Partners

 

Start: 1 July 2017

End: 31 December 2019

Duration: 30 months

Funding stream: Creative Europe small-scale cooperation project

Project number: 583692

Project website: http://signandsoundtheatre.eu

More information: Ms Alison CarminkeCreative Europe logo

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‌This project is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. The fellow is concerned with opening out the period of Brezhnev’s Thaw in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, to a renewed scrutiny. Covering art theory, cultural theory, philosophy, and political philosophy, the research will draw on both key and forgotten works, such as those by Evald Ilyenkov, Yuri Davidov, Lev Vigotsky, Georg Lukacs and Mikhail Lifshitz, as well as the critical legacy of Moscow conceptual art in order to better understand the dynamics of Soviet culture and its influence on contemporary culture, politics and art in Europe. This fellowship will challenge the largely negative perception of the cultural and philosophical achievements of this historical period. By using a cross-disciplinary approach, the fellow will demonstrate how the Brezhnev period, contrary to received views, produced a rich array of heterodox social theories, critical thinking, and cultural practices, that are comparable to Western emancipatory thinking and cultural theory of the time, but, remain, in quality, ambition and character, very different to their Western counterparts. The fellowship aims, then, to transform the conventional approach to post-socialist studies within the European academic context, in order to

support and enhance a much needed cultural dialogue between the European Union and Russia.

Start: 7 November 2017

End: 6 November 2019

Duration: 24 months

Funding stream: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Project number: 752417

More information: Prof John Roberts and Dr Francesco Paradiso

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 752417