This is great. Deaf Services Queensland and Optus Business have launched SignIQ, an app that assists in teaching Australian Sign Language (Auslan) using interactive features such as animations and memory games.
Brett Casey, Chief Executive Officer of Deaf Services Queensland, says the SignIQ app is a significant step for Deaf Services Queensland, as users can search more than 125 common words or phrases; access the equivalent Auslan signs in a visual format; learn about the context in which signs can be used; and test their newly acquired skills with a memory recall game.
“Many of the applications in the market are based on American Sign Language, as opposed to Australian. Learning a new language can be really difficult, too – so we wanted to help Auslan learners by providing them with the means to do so in an engaging and interactive way,” Brett Casey said.
Deaf Services Queensland’s proposal for the SignIQ app was a runner-up in the 2011 Optus Mobile Apps Challenge, which encouraged businesses to submit their app concepts to be considered for joint design and development by Optus Business and its mobility partners.
You can find out more about the app over on the Appstore (Apple); I don’t know about an Android version because grownups only have iPhones 😉
There’s also a YouTube vid about the development of the app.
The app is a fun way to help people learn Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and to better connect the Deaf and hearing communities. It includes a dictionary and fun games and is available for just $1.99