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Computer and online software that provides ASL translation and publishing…

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Department of Education
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Computer and online software that provides ASL translation and publishing capabilities
Agency: ED
Contract: H133S110002
Award Amount: $74,998.00


This project addresses the need for improved literacy of deaf and other special needs children and youth by producing DVD and online software, myASL Publisher. This software enables a teacher or parent to publish American Sign Language (ASL) instructional material with instantaneously translated sign (graphics)-supported text, ASL with voice-over video clips that will “play” the contents, and a dictionary of the words/symbols/idioms showing sign equivalents and conceptual graphics. Text can be inputted through typing, scanning, or electronic cut/paste. The user can import artwork and video onto each “page,” draw, add other text, and print the content. Included are customizable templates for printable instructional activities (i.e., sign language BINGO cards, crossword puzzles, fingerspelling/ spelling scrambles and anagrams, flashcards, and matching games) and interactive learning “games” [SIGN-O (BINGO with ASL video prompts), spelling/fingerspelling game boards, and “Con-SIGN-tration” (memory matching game of English terms to ASL graphics)] that can reinforce selected content. The database for this assistive technology includes a 13,000 English word/5,500 sign translation dictionary developed from a NSF-funded CD-ROM product available commercially. Translation capabilities are expanded to incorporate 7,000 new English vocabulary words/phrases/ idioms, including STEM terms/symbols (20,000 total), and 3,300+ new sign graphics/video clips (8,800 total).

Principal Investigator:

Corinne Vinopol
(301) 942-4326

Business Contact:

Corinne Vinopol
Small Business Information at Submission:

Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc.
11323 Amherst Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902-

EIN/Tax ID: 521504695
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No