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Embedded Access to Signing of Science Terms and Definitions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: Administration for Community Living
Contract: 90BI0012
Agency Tracking Number: 90BI0012
Amount: $74,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: ED-ACL-GRANTS-031315
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-03-31
Small Business Information
12124 High Tech Ave, Suite 250
Orlando, FL 32817-8382
United States
DUNS: 799834254
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Edward Sims
 (321) 710-4841
Business Contact
 William Schutz
Phone: (202) 795-7435
Research Institution

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students may lag behind their hearing peers in English literacy and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Evaluations in classroom and informal environments have demonstrated the efficacy of the dictionaries in increasing student engagement and mastery of math and science content and vocabulary. This project develops a cloud-based service and corresponding browser plug-in, which allows 7th-12th grade Deaf and hard-of-hearing students to access signed translations of science terms and definitions. The plug-in scans an open web page and highlights terms included in the Signing Life Science Dictionary. The student can then click on a highlighted term to see an animated American Sign Language (ASL) or Signed English (SE) translation of the term and its definition. For Phase I, the web browser plug-in and sign language server include approximately 750 life science terms used in grades 7-12. Future phases will include expanding the dictionary to more than 6,000 terms.

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