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Gallaudet University envisions a digital sign languages library for every deaf child

During International Week of the Deaf, the Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet casts vision for its SignShare innovation, one of five winners of ACR GCD’s Sign On For Literacy prize. Melissa Malzkuhn started the Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet University in 2009, eager to explore how technology might enable deaf children around the world to discover the love of reading she’s coveted since her childhood.

eKitabu embraces Kenya’s deaf community in prize-winning EdTech innovation

During International Week of the Deaf, Sign On For Literacy prize finalist eKitabu shares how technology is opening literacy and learning opportunities for deaf children across Kenya.   When EdTech company eKitabu was founded in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2012, a seed was planted not only to increase access to books and educational resources for children across the country, but to expand that access to a group historically overlooked in education: children with disabilities.  

Q&A with Deborah Backus, new project director of All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development

What interested you in the leadership role at All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD)? I like working on complex problems and finding ways to bring people together to solve them. Because of the All Children Reading Grand Challenge’s unrivaled platform enabling anyone with a great idea to address the critical global challenge of child illiteracy—and our firm commitment to creativity, innovation and partnerships—I believe there is no better place to focus my work.

How Mobile Games Can Advance Universal Education for Refugee Children

This World Refugee Day, mobile technologies are filling educational gaps for millions of out-of-school Syrian children.   This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a manifesto created following the devastation of World War II that defined basic protections for all individuals and affirmed the dignity and worth of Humankind.

All Children Reading Announces eKitabu and SIL LEAD as Winners of Book Boost: Access for All Challenge

Two years ago, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, Pearson, and Project Literacy saw a key opportunity to serve the literacy needs of a major segment of the global population: the estimated 19 million children who are blind or have low vision and millions more with disabilities that impact their use of printed materials.  

The Book Desert: Authors, publishers and innovators have key role in solving global literacy challenge

In a small village in central India, 7-year-old Gouri sits beside her father, the light of a smartphone screen gently illuminating both of their faces. They smile and laugh as they share experiences once unknown to them: the opportunity to read stories and learn facts about animals, birds, and colors in their native language of Marathi.