About the Project
More than 90 percent of deaf children have hearing parents and teachers who do not communicate with them properly. Deaf children do not participate in conversations, may never have been told a story and have difficulties developing language and thinking. Even among deaf or hearing impaired children without any intellectual disability, the rate of functional illiteracy is high. How can their state of exclusion and gaps in language development be closed?
Virtual Videobooks in Sign Language is a gateway to cultural inclusion for deaf children and adolescents through literature and education. The project created the first free access site on the Internet (www.videolibros.org) comprising story books presented in its first stage in LSA (Argentine Sign Language) and later in different sign languages by deaf readers. The books have voiceover so they can be enjoyed by hearing families and teachers. So far, three book collections have been produced. This innovative video library is constantly extending to other sign languages and more stories to come!
Videobooks is an innovative solution that uses technology to reach isolated deaf children in rural areas, connect deaf children and deaf adults, promote reading, encourage the use of Sign Language, and transform education. Each month around 3,500 people visit the site from 40 countries, mostly in Latin America.