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Thanks to new technology, communication between deaf and non-deaf people has become more simple. Today hearing-impaired people can travel to all over the world without problems, in particular Portugal, where our team has created a special platform to help travelers have a great trip.
Deaf tourists face several challenges in accessing information, visiting cultural heritage venues, or using services. The lack of knowledge of sign languages of the nondeaf population is a barrier to communication and inclusion. By improving access to information in deaf people’s first language and by ensuring the specific training of professionals dealing with tourists, it will be possible to improve the inclusion of the Deaf Community. This strategy relies on principles of equality, equity, and accessibility, and it is a commitment towards this community to fulfil their rights, their needs, and interests. Our commitment falls under the Inclusive Cultural Heritage Tourism (ICHT) project.
Porto is located in north of Portugal, A city with charming natural scenery and also fantastic art gallery a good shape remained historical building , museums and also delicious cuisine. Here you have 12 suggestions for your trip!
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The ICHT project aims to raise awareness of sign language and promote inclusive tourism. The main objectives are to improve accessibility to cultural heritage and international mobility
The ICHT project–Inclusive Cultural Heritage Tourism–advocates the integration of novel high-tech sign language user interfaces in tourism destinations and stimulates local operators to learn the basics of sign language communication to welcome deaf tourists in Portugal. ICHT brings in R&D world-class results in the field of automatic sign language translation qualifying Portugal to guide Inclusive Tourism worldwide and become a pioneer leading the Tourism of the Future. ICHT aims to promote the accessibility of cultural heritage to deaf tourists by embedding non technology-aids online and on-site to raise awareness, to attract deaf tourists, to assist them while visiting us ,and to exploit their experience as a new dissemination channel. ICHT is focused on creating bilingual digital tools and content in sign and spoken language to be available online, on mobile devices, And on-site at cultural touristic attractions through innovative channels like games, computer vision, holography,and collaborative platforms.
The ICHT system will offer a holistic approach including several technology components(holography, computer vision, machine translation, high-fidelity 3D humanoids, mobile devices, games), involving and teasing the tourists since the moment they decide to visit us, during their visit and following up after they return back home. But this is not the most distinctive ICHT sparkle;ICHT unique character is granted by a novel bi-lingual user interface, transversal to all its components, that will empower deaf as well as non-deaf tourists to enjoy all ICHT features to its full potential in each ones’ native language. Enjoying the ICHT system will be in itself a new tourist experience inside and around the main attraction. The ICHT system is a bundle comprising several components that create a rich holistic environment to assist and fascinate deaf and non-deaf tourists while promoting our cultural assets. The full system includes an on-site application on hologram technology, a game to play on mobile device (before, during, and after visiting the attraction) and an online collaborative platform to assist deaf and non-deaf tourists. The ICHT system will be available in five pilot installations in Porto (Torre dos Clérigos and Lello bookshop), Maia (Zoo), Gaia (Port wine cellars)and Viseu (thermae). The game points won while playing the game will be available to exchange at local agents by their offers, such as discounts on other attractions or freebies. To promote the communication between deaf and non-deaf or between deaf tourists from different countries we will develop courses on the basics of Portuguese sign language and International Sign that will be available through our online platform
ICHT aims to promote the accessibility of our cultural heritage to deaf tourists by embedding non technology-aids online and on-site to raise awareness, to attract deaf tourists, to assist them while visiting us ,and to exploit their experience as a new dissemination channel. ICHT is focused on creating digital tools and digital content in sign language to be available online, on mobile devices and on-site at cultural touristic attractions in the North of Portugal through innovative channels like games ,holography and collaborative platforms .In concrete, ICHT will pursue the following specific objectives:
Create a methodology guiding the implementation of interactive holographic applications to promote cultural heritage sites in sign language;
Develop a ludic environment using games in order to boost inclusive cultural tourism;
Establish an online collaborative platform to support the touristic process from end to end (promote/raise awareness, visit, follow-up/feedback);
Reduce the communicational gap between deaf and non-deaf people contributing top remote inclusive tourism, access to culture and a better quality of life of the deaf.