Rochester Institute of Technology – National Technical Institute for the Deaf

The creation of 1,200 accessible books in the sign languages of Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, the Fiji Islands and Samoa.

Rochester Institute of Technology – National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Christopher Kurz, an instructional/support faculty member at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is working with a team to provide access to literacy for deaf children in their own sign languages in the Philippines. The team is one of three finalists in a global literacy competition.

The creation of 1,200 accessible books in the sign languages of Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, the Fiji Islands and Samoa.


Project Name

World Around You: International Collaborative Multilingual Sign Language Books

Location Implemented

Fiji Islands, Indonesia, Papau New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Somalia

Technology Used

Software/Apps

Competition Entered

Begin With Books

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational, Pre-Reading

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

Fiji, Indonesia, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Somalia 

The Challenge

In the targeted regions of Fiji, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Somalia, and other regions around the world, deaf children lack deaf signing models in school settings and often do not have books in their local signed languages.

The Big Idea

Storytelling enables a shared experience among deaf children about the deaf experience. RIT/NTID will create 200 signed books using its Sign On For Literacy prize-funded software, World Around You (WAY). The 200 books will be created in six sign languages (Filipino, Indonesian, Somali, PNG, Fiji and Samoan), for a total of 1,200 books.

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Website

http://www.deafworldaroundyou.org

Organization Type

University

Headquarters

Rochester, N.Y.