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This Cool New App Aims To Help Deaf Children Enjoy Reading

This Cool New App Aims To Help Deaf Children Enjoy Reading

This Cool New App Aims To Help Deaf Children Enjoy Reading
A new Android app launched this week, is designed to help hard-of-hearing and deaf children to enjoy literature and to assist them in learning how to read.
Almost 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents and in some cases, these parents do not know sign language themselves. This means that some children struggle to match printed words with what they represent and this can have a big impact on their lives.
StorySign, launched by Huawei, was created with the help of a number of experts and charities, including the European Union of the Deaf and the British Deaf Association using Al technology.
The app reads selected children's books and translates them into sign language. At present, the well-known children's favourite 'Where's Spot?' by Eric Hill is featured, however, over the coming weeks and months, more classic children's books will be added from Penguin Random House.
The app itself is child-friendly and includes an avatar named Star. It and uses state-of-the-art motion capture technology to ensure her facial expressions and hands deliver perfect sign language in real time.
Users simply hold a phone over the printed words in the book and Star signs the words allowing children and parents to enjoy story time and learn at their own pace, opening a whole new world of reading.
The StorySign app can be translated into 10 different sign languages included Irish Sign Language (ISL), British Sign Language (BSL), and even French, Italian and Portuguese.
In a recent statement, Andrew Garrihy, CMO for Huawei, said: "We created StorySign to help make it possible for families with deaf children to enjoy an enriched story time. We hope that by raising awareness of deaf literacy issues, people will be encouraged to donate to or support one of the fantastic charity partners we are working with across Europe."
StorySign is available to download for free from the Huawei AppGallery and Google Play Store.
Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of kids aged 2, 3, 4 and 8. A self-confessed procrastinator and picker-upper of things, Kellie's love include coffee, doughnuts, travel and sharing every day true to life moments on Instagram of her expanding family. Follow her on Instagram.