This was back in the days! When we had a meeting in the UK in March of 2008 we met at the Doncaster Deaf Trust – School for the deaf and Communication Specialist College (also with Little Learners – Day Nursery and Children’s Homes) Wonderful England!
This is from October 2007 in Kaunas Lithuania. During this project, the first two years, we did 1200 words per country for the dictinoary. The categories back then were only ‘wood work’ and ‘restaurants’ – 600 signs in each category. That was the start of spreadthesign!
In June of 2007 we went to Madrid for a meeting!
We also had a stand at the WDF conference. We had a fantastic time! In Madrid we also had the chance to visit the deaf school Ponce de León.
Do you remember when we needed a sign for Spreadthesign? We had a meeting at the deaf school in Hradec Kralowe in Czech Republic in February 2007. Our deaf colleges from each country gathered in one room. 15 minutes later an appropriate sign was invented! The only sign we have ever invented ourselves.
This is how we first met in October 2006 at Tullängsskolan in Örebro, Sweden. Six countries and most of us new to each other. The “ice” was already “broken”. All wanted to do this! To create the largest sign language dictionary in the world.
Dedicated partner countries and staff were building a functional beta website which was operational in December 2006. It was just a few words/signs of course, but it was a start. Those were the days when we could have a full partner meeting in just a small room… nowadays we need more space!