Gallaudet University Motion Light Lab, Visual Language and Visual Learning

SignShare, an open-source digital platform that enables users to create and share signed stories and resources.

Gallaudet University Motion Light Lab, Visual Language and Visual Learning

SignShare, an open-source digital platform that enables users to create and share signed stories and resources.


Project Name

SignShare

Location Implemented

Global

Technology Used

Assistive Technology

Competition Entered

Sign On For Literacy Prize

Reading Skill Targeted

Pre-Reading, Reading Environment

Status

Semi-Finalist

Amount Award

$25,000

Collaborators/Partners

Canales and Merge NZ

The Challenge

Of the estimated 32 million deaf children globally, 80% do not have access to education and only 2% receive education in sign language. Without early access to language, children fail to develop social and cognitive skills at the same rate as their peers, hindering their ability to learn to read and write and isolating them from society over the course of their lives.

The Big Idea

Motion Light Lab at Gallaudet University created SignShare, an open source platform that enables users to create and share signed stories and resources uploaded to a digital library, with the goal of encouraging content production to share content in any language, anywhere in the world. The platform also serves as an information center, with tutorials, research on literacy development for deaf children, tips, guides, templates, lesson plans and classroom worksheets.

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

Connect with the Innovator

Website

http://www.motionlightlab.com/signshare

Organization Type

University

Headquarters

Washington, DC

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