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Sunday, October 11th 2015, 1:22am

The Blind and Deaf Language Project

Hi I'm Henk Ensing,

I'm part of The Blind and Deaf Language Project (both handicaps at the same time in the same person)
We are appealing to language experts everywhere to help us find, or create, a language to be used by the blind and deaf.
Braille is most difficult for adults to learn as they have already lost a lot of the sensitivity in their finger tips.
Brian came up with the idea to use morse code.

His mate has created an app to convert a basic text message into mobile phone vibrations. It works well. We have plans to develop an app for the google watch.
The recipients receive the message in phone buzzes in morse code.
Morse code requires a person write down the sentence as it it received, then read it. Blind people cannot do this.
They must remember the whole sentence. This is most difficult. They live in a socially isolated, dark and silent world.

We are appealing to linguists everywhere to contribute ideas to our development team for finding a most economic universal language that can be learned by all blind and deaf people for use in mobile phone text transmissions and buzzer book readers via a code like morse code.

Is there already a shorthand language that we can use?
Braille? Do we need a new language?
Can it be international?
How economic can we get with language?

We also plan to create reader converter that will partner with amazon books so deaf and blind people, whose fingers are no longer sensitive and therefor can no longer read Braille, can read books.

Contact us here or on our webpage…nguage-project/

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Sunday, October 11th 2015, 6:01pm

Welcome Henk,
What you're focusing on is awesome! You did not specify, but it appears that you are focusing on their ability to access 'internet' information, so I am going on that assumption below.
  • The first thing to consider is that blindness and deafness have very different 'needs' when it comes to accessing most types of information.
  • Second is that there is a very wide array of different online data types to consider. For example, deaf folks do not need any help with text-based info, provided they have learned how to read & comprehend what they are reading (no different from a hearing person in that regard), but they do need closed caption or similar for accessing data locked within audio & video files. Desktop environments have quite good screen readers to help the blind, and I suspect that mobile readers are working hard to catch up. Of course, none of these solutions helps someone who is both hearing and visual impaired.
  • Third, those who are not English readers (most of the planet) obviously need captions, and all other relevant solutions across all of the above needs, available in their specific language (this is what LTI currently focuses on, with plans for continual expansion).

I'll also suggest that an app that relies on mobile phone 'vibration' will heavily tax any device's battery, but especially the small limitations of cell phone units. Hopefully, technology for greatly extending battery life will catch up with such needs sooner than later.

There are numerous wearable devices in development to help both blind and deaf people in various ways, so that (and many other needs) should help push that need for far greater longevity and durability across all battery types. You might also gain additional ideas for your work from aspects of these kinds of 'non-internet' approaches.
Visually impared example:
Auditory impared example:

We may be able to provide some additional considerations, but that will require more specific questions from you. ;)
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Monday, October 12th 2015, 2:52am

Thanks. Great ideas on the videos too.

This project is for people who have both handicaps simultaneously. i.e. Deaf and Blind at the same time.

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