Innosign participated in the first transnational meeting of the Financial Signs project, which took place on April 5-6, 2023 in Budapest (Hungary). This new Erasmus+ initiative aims to build financial literacy skills for deaf youth across Europe using educational resources in sign language.

As the Slovakian partner, Innosign is excited to collaborate on this innovative project that empowers young deaf people. At the two-day kick-off meeting, Innosign Director Marek Kanaš and Junior Project Manager Oliver Krajčír joined partners to align on the vision for Financial Signs.

“It was invaluable to meet our European partners in person as we embark on this shared journey,” stated Kanaš. “We look forward to contributing Innosign’s expertise in vocational education and training for the deaf community.”

As part of the project, Innosign will be responsible for:

– Collecting examples of good financial practices for deaf people in Slovakia to highlight on an interactive map.

– Providing input into financial glossaries and vocabulary lists to ensure cultural relevance.

– Conducting focus groups with deaf youth and pilot training workshops in Slovakia.

– Contributing as lead of the curriculum work package for the training modules.

– Leading quality management activities across the project.

– Disseminating project outcomes nationally to raise awareness in the Slovak deaf community.

Key takeaways for Innosign included:

– Understanding the different work packages and Innosign’s role in gathering good financial practice examples from Slovakia. These will showcase financial services and tools available to deaf Slovaks on the interactive map.

– Providing input into guidelines for financial glossaries and vocabulary lists. Innosign will support video production to ensure cultural relevance.

– Discussing ideas to engage deaf youth and deaf community organizations as associated partners. Innosign will host focus groups and a pilot training.

Through Financial Signs, Innosign aims to improve deaf youth’s access in Slovakia to financial literacy resources. By participating in this collaborative initiative, Innosign can apply their expertise while also learning best practices from across Europe. The organization looks forward to further developing the Financial Signs project over the 30-month timeframe.