The project will develop Assistive Technology devices that support the acquisition of sign language for deaf children, providing a rich supply of critical literacy support services to 200000 school-age deaf children who hail from less-privileged families in our society.
Children born deaf rapidly lose the ability to learn by age of three if sign language is not introduced. Statistics show that 90% of 200,000 deaf Kenyan children today struggle to access sign language World Health Organization (WHO) report.
It exposes deaf children to early sign language skills through play that enables them to learn and acquire sign language for effective communication. It is the knowledge of the word order, the situation, and the topic of conversation. These three things allow one to anticipate what will be finger spelled. Fingerspelling facilitates English vocabulary growth, and the larger the lexicon, the faster new vocabulary is learned. Fingerspelling positively correlates with stronger reading skills. Deaf
KCSD will provide learning materials to 200000 deaf school-age deaf children. KCSD puzzle board is an art of forming letters of the alphabet through play on finger shapes; the letters are formed using hand shapes. Fingerspelling accounts for 7.8%KSL and is typically used for names and borrowings from English, It's a representation of letters of the alphabet. The device supports sign language acquisition, it's interactive and enjoyable and for effective communication.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).