FEELIT is one of our latest additions to our expanding list of implementing EU programmes. This Erasmus+ project started in 2022 and will last until August 24. During those two years, with our project partners, we will try to create a more inclusive tourism sector for deaf or hard-hearing people. Let’s find more information about the project and its objectives.
A Project Overview
FEELIT project is designed to promote social and work inclusion for deaf and hard-of-hearing people by creating a training curriculum for them to become travel agents.
The project aims to address the difficulties faced by deaf and hard-of-hearing tourists due to communication barriers and a lack of consideration for their needs in the design of tourism services. To address this issue, the consortium will create an online community where users can share knowledge and feedback.
Additionally, it is also developing a VR game for hearing persons to understand what it’s like to be a visitor with hearing impairments. The overall goal is to make tourism more inclusive, considered a small but vital step towards an inclusive world.
Who Are The Project Partners
The FEELIT project is a collaborative effort led by the UNIWA-PANEPISTIMIO DYTIKIS ATTIKIS from Greece with support from several other partners:
- Omega Technology (Greece) brings its technological expertise.
- KYPRIAKI ETAIREIA PISTOPOIISIS LIMITED (Cyprus) contributes its knowledge and experience in the field.
- INSTITUTUL POSTLICEAL PHOENIX ASOCIATIE (Romania) brings a wealth of experience in education and training.
- EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR ACCESSIBLE TOURISM ASBL (Belgium) provides its experience in promoting accessibility in tourism.
- CEIPES – International Centre for the Promotion of Education and Development (Italy) bring its wealth of experience in education and development.
- A.B. INSTITUTE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT LTD (Cyprus) brings their experience in entrepreneurship development and business support.
The Objectives of FEELIT
FEELIT aims to improve the tourism experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals through a better understanding of their needs by:
- Creating training curriculum for deaf and hard of hearing people to work as travel agents, specializing in accessible vacations.
- Training existing travel agents on how to serve deaf and hard-of-hearing customers.
- Developing a European online community for deaf and hard-of-hearing people to share advice on trip planning.
Project Activities To Achieve The Above
The FEEL IT project aims to improve tourism experiences for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals by better understanding and addressing their needs in areas such as physical accessibility, accommodation, food, activities, attractions, and transportation. It also aims to create employment opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals as travel agents who can create accessible vacations for their peers. It will further train travel agents on how to serve deaf customers and customers with hearing impairments. Lastly, it will create an online community connecting deaf and hard-of-hearing people across Europe to share trip planning and organizing advice.
If you are a deaf or hard-of-hearing individual looking to improve your travel experiences and create opportunities for yourself as a travel agent, the FEEL IT project is for you. To learn more about the project and how you can get involved, visit the official website: https://feelit.infoproject.eu/. Don’t miss the opportunity to know more about the project, how it can benefit you, and how the community can support you.