The world of sign language has been brought into the digital age by Giphy with a series of over two thousand uploads featuring a smartly dressed and expressive man named Robert. Sign With Robert is the latest effort of the global community to bring accessibility and education to all online. The official signs used are American Sign Language or ASL, which is very similar to BSL or British Sign Language.
Sign language is vital for members of the deaf community and those who have difficulties speaking. Often the lessons and literature are expensive and when something is offered for free like this, it can only help spread the knowledge, thus increasing equality and fairness for all.
Getting the most out of new software and media crazes such as gifs for utilizing meaningful and useful projects like this is the home of creative and caring individuals who see opportunity for making a difference and a mark on the global culture as a whole. I would personally like to see more effort placed in the field of accessibility for disabled people. Gesture to speech software would be very useful, so the sign language can be translated into audible speech with the help of a computer to recognise the signs. It could also be feasible to have speech to sign translators which show the correct signs on a screen depending on what the non signing person says.
Find out some words for yourself and share this article with your community. Visit Sign with Robert.
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