Free Auslan tutorial application launched for iPad

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) has released what it is touting as the “World’s first free Australian sign language iPad application” to coincide with the organisation’s 150 year anniversary.

The application, dubbed “RIDBC’s Auslan Tutor: Key Signs” features 150 commonly used terms presented in Australian Sign Language (Auslan).

The application displays short video clips of 150 signs and has been specifically designed for use on the Apple iPad, with a separate version of the application also available for use on iPhone and iPod touch devices.

Each Auslan sign is presented with a photo of the handshape used to form the sign and a video clip demonstrating how the sign is produced.

Users can learn how to communicate a select group of common words including the alphabet, numbers one to 10, “please,” “thanks,” “how are you?” and many more terms generally found in travel guides.

RIDBC Multimedia Developer Ronnie Lam said, “It is the first free Auslan based tutorial reference program in the iTunes Store developed for the iPad, which was launched in Australia earlier this year. Thanks to the pioneering efforts of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, it will be a useful resource to anyone wanting to learn about the basics of what is a complex, visual language.”

The “Key Signs” application has been positioned as a “lite” version of the RIDBC’s more comprehensive Auslan application for Apple iOS devices, which contains over 500 signs, phrases, full sentences and grammar instruction, available for download for $49.99AUD.

As with all other applications for devices running the Apple iOS, the Auslan applications can be downloaded from the iTunes Store.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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