About the Project
This project is one of the 2020 WISE Awards finalists.
The project will establish a digital learning platform for sign language targeted towards families with deaf children. The project started in Norway and will expand to the United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, and India by the end of 2020.
Today fewer than 10% of the 64 million parents to deaf and hard of hearing children know sign language, due to the low availability of education centers. This leaves millions of children unable to communicate with their own family and more than 90% are out of school. Deaf children are more than twice as likely to be abused as hearing children. Young deaf women and girls face the most acute challenges. SignLab’s digital platform has the potential to change this by making learning sign language more accessible, more effective and more affordable. SignLab’s innovative sign language learning platform can be accessed anywhere, online or offline, by anyone with a mobile phone. Integrated videos help understand these languages focused on the visual and gestural, while our AI ensures signs are not only learnt, but retained over time.
The platform launched in Norway in December 2018 and rapidly expanded, with the number of users per month growing on average by 276% in the first three months. By the end of 2019, it had become the largest learning platform for Norwegian Sign Language. Today, it is used by families, friends, teachers, interpreter students, and in traditional sign language classes all over Norway.