Villager converts typed English text into sign language for the comprehension of disabled persons


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About the project Edit

The software, developed by Villager, converts typed English text into sign language, allowing differently-abled persons to receive and comprehend instructions easily. The software can translate text into both one-handed sign language, used in the US, and two-handed sign language, prevalent in India and the UK. Ability can promote independent communication for persons who are hearing impaired or experience communication challenges by allowing effective two-way communication to occur in as natural an environment as possible.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Ability is a unique communication tool which aims to ease the difficulties faced everyday by differently-abled persons while communicating.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

It does away with the lack of local, custom-built technologies which can provide equal opportunities to interact to people living with sensory impairments. Besides targeting persons with disabilities, the application can also be used as a teaching tool for their relatives and friends and others interested in learning the sign language.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Winner of Manthan Awards 2010 (E-Inclusion category) , Digital Inclusion for Development, South Asia
The Ability application has the potential to make the integration of persons with disabilities into society by providing a sign-language synthesis solution for the sensory impaired. It can provide users with unparalleled opportunities in classroom, business and everyday environments.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

In India, there is a severe lack of recognition of sign language, lack of bilingual education and there is very limited availability of sign language interpreting services. The widespread lack of awareness and knowledge about the situation of deaf people deprives most of them access to large sections of society. As a result, they are not able to truly enjoy even the basic human rights. Better integration of persons with disabilities into society will only be possible if sign-language communication was made widely available. If this is done, the access of the differently-abled to public services, commercial transactions and entertainment, learning and leisure opportunities will improve drastically.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Ability Foundation is a national cross disability organisation established in 1995 as a public charitable trust for the empowerment and mainstreaming of persons with disabilities. Based in Chennai, India, Ability Foundation is involved in pioneering activities, ranging from publishing and media, counselling and referral services, advocacy, and training and employment. Over the years, the Foundation has organized several events all of which aim at dispelling stereotypes and changing public attitudes/perceptions towards disabled persons. The organization works towards an inclusive society and equal opportunities and a level playing field for persons with disabilities stressing on the need to have the right opportunities at the right time. This, they resolutely believe will make so much more possible… All it takes is an open mind.

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