Sign Language Projects

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The research team develops various applied, scientific projects concerning the subjects of accessible communication and education, accessible media and didactics, professional rehabilitation, media competence, sign language and deaf culture.


DeafTour – Test for measuring the planning skills of deaf people in German Sign Language (DGS)


TEBEK Development of a sign and written language oriented test system for the assessment of occupationally relevant competencies of deaf and hard of hearing people.


SIGN-HUB – Preserving, researching and fostering the linguistic, historical and cultural heritage of European Deaf signing communities with an integral resource.

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SignersMask Development of a digital mask for anonymous participation of deaf people in discussions and comments on the Internet.


BodySigns The aim of the BodySigns project is to gather all haptic signs (BodySigns) executed on the body that are used by deafblind people, relatives and assistants in the German-speaking world.


SignCreative SignCreative is a blended learning platform for designing disciplines. Elements of Sign-Language can be learned playfully as visual manual body language. The alignment of imagination, perception, reality and virtuality is thereby to be promoted in a changing knowledge society.


KSL-MSi-NRW competence center for people with sensory disabilities
Analysis, Information, Orientation, Networking.

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DeafDidaktik – Eine Didaktik für Signer*innen.

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DeafMentoring trains professionally experienced deaf people into mentors. These so-called DeafMentors advise deaf mentees. The consultation is being continuously coached by the project team. DeafMentoring is a mutual project of the University of Cologne and the competence center SignGes at the RWTH Aachen and is supported by the BMAS.


DeafExist mobilizes, trains and coaches hearing-impaired people and conditions them to the establishment of their own business.


DeafTrain develops Blended Learning seminars to train social, medial and communicative competences of deaf people.

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Gateway is an accessible multimedia information and communication platform for hearing and visually impaired people that focusses on studies and occupation.


Vibelle (Visual Presentation to Occupation, Life and Learning) is an information platform focusing on professionally relevant subjects for deaf and hearing-impaired people.


AILB (Aachen Internet Learning-software for the professional qualification of deaf people) is an eLearning-platform for deaf people in which professionally relevant knowledge in sign language is conveyed.


ATBG (Aachen testing process for the vocational aptitude of deaf people) denotes a wide-ranging testing procedure in sign language that is used for the occupational aptitude assessment of deaf people.


Fliegende Hände is the name for various CDs with which German sign language can be learnt or (addressed to sign language training staff) taught:


Research funding:
The projects DeafMentoring, DeafExist, DeafTrain, Gateway, AILB and ATBG were supported by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.