:: British Sign Language mobile dictionary ::

British Sign Language mobile dictionary:

Now Brits who want to communicate with the signing Deaf can get British Sign Language (BSL) signs downloaded to their cellphones/mobile phones. The Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol (site) has developed a free BSL dictionary called Mobilesign, which should download fast enough to avoid large phone-service charges.

From the press release linked above:

Jim Kyle, Harry Crook Professor of Deaf Studies at the Centre for Deaf Studies said: ‘This is a first step to providing support to hearing people’s communication with Deaf people ‘ anywhere and at any time. From our research, we have identified this point of contact as a major issue for Deaf people in shops and daily life. The next step for us will be to construct a phrasebook in order that more extensive interaction can be supported.’

Mobilesign

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It’s nice to see technology working for Deaf people instead of against them (radio, movies going from readable intertitles to talkies, telegrams going to telephones). I hope we get something like this for American Sign Language (ASL), especially with the current work on sign-friendly video compression (see my post Better cellphone video for Deaf signers?).

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