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!