hand talk

I recently became aware of a cell phone app that would perhaps revolutionize the way the deaf community interacts with the hearing world. The app called “hand talk” was developed in Brazil. It allows text, images, and voice to be converted into sign language. The sign language is then displayed on the cell phone screen using an avatar.

I can see how this bridges the gap between these two worlds. As I have friends who are deaf and I find that they find it frustrating at times that I don’t know sign language. As of right now, it appears that this app is only available in Libes the Brazilian sign language. To learn more, click here. I thought it was just an interesting concept that was worth sharing. What are your thoughts on this?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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One Response to hand talk

  1. Sounds neat to me. I imagine if the app is effective, it will grow and include many languages.

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