These Gloves Don’t Use Video Input, but We’d Like Yours!

Two University of Washington undergraduates, sophomores Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor, have won a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for gloves that can translate sign language into text or speech.
Their invention, “SignAloud,” is a pair of gloves that can recognize hand gestures that correspond to words and phrases in American Sign Language. Each glove contains sensors that record hand position and movement and send data wirelessly via Bluetooth to a central computer. The computer looks at the gesture data through various sequential statistical regressions, similar to a neural network. If the data match a gesture, then the associated word or phrase is spoken through a speaker.
“Many of the sign language translation devices already out there are not practical for everyday use. Some use video input, while others have sensors that cover the user’s entire arm or body,” said Pryor, an undergraduate researcher in the Composite Structures Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and software lead for the Husky Robotics Team.
“Our gloves are lightweight, compact and worn on the hands, but ergonomic enough to use as an everyday accessory, similar to hearing aids or contact lenses,” said Pryor.
“Our purpose for developing these gloves was to provide an easy-to-use bridge between native speakers of American Sign Language and the rest of the world,” Azodi said. “The idea initially came out of our shared interest in invention and problem solving. But coupling it with our belief that communication is a fundamental human right, we set out to make it more accessible to a larger audience.”

There have been many negative responses to this invention, from concerns about misreading signs because facial expressions aren’t taken into account, to anger that this invention only encourages laziness and apathy from non-signers, putting more responsibility on the signers.
Read about this invention, watch a short video of theirs on our fb page (, and let us know what you think about them and their impact on Deaf people and how they interact with the hearing world.


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Weekly Wisdom

I read this article recently and loved the points they made. With your children, if you work with them, or simply with other adults, this article has excellent tips for communicating effectively. Let us know your thoughts!
“Communicating Effectively at Home
Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away last month, once said “Your success as a family—our success as a nation—depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house.” It is in the home, after all, where children first learn to talk, to share, to say please and thank you, to express emotions, to sing, to laugh, and— hopefully—to love. Children who learn to communicate effectively at home go out into the world prepared to practice those learned communication skills, solve problems, and lead the future children of the world.
Here are some tips to help you communicate effectively with your children and thus increase the chance for success as a family . . . and as a nation:
Allow children to freely express their feelings. Tell your child that her thoughts, opinions, and feelings are valued. Reinforce your words by using the tips that follow. A child who knows her thoughts and feelings are valued at home is better able to express herself in environments outside the home, such as at school, in sports activities, and, later, in the work force.
With love,
Rebecca Hintze, M.Sc.”
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Ain’t Too Proud to see The Temptations Musical!

The Kennedy Center Presents:

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

At the Eisenhower Theater



Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Friday, July 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM



Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Friday, July 13, 2018 at 8:00 PM


Don’t miss this electrifying new musical about “the greatest R&B group of all time.” With their signature dance moves and harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features such iconic hits as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and many more.


To purchase tickets for a sign interpreted or captioned performance at the Kennedy Center, please call the services desk at 202-416-8528 (voice) or visit


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Sign Language Camp for Kids!!

Sign Language Camp is a terrific way for kids, ages 8 to 16, to learn American Sign Language and have fun doing it! The program is dedicated to teaching sign language to children with or without previous experience.
There are two sessions: July 23 – 27 and July 30 – Aug 3
Camp is held Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lunch, arts and crafts, a T-shirt and more are provided!
This exclusive camp is for hearing children, ages 8 to 16, who are interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL) and are excited to be immersed in Deaf culture. Campers will experience a combination of classroom learning activities and traditional camp activities, including arts and crafts and outdoor games, all with an ASL concentration. Campers will master the ASL alphabet and learn to fingerspell, as well as practice conversational signing by interacting with people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Campers Will Learn:
• Alphabet & Numbers
• Colors, Food & Animal Signs
• Household & Family Signs
• Conversational ASL
• Deaf Culture
• How to Sign Songs
• Games Played in Sign Only (No Voice)
Other Activities Include:
• Theme Days
• Water Games
• Arts and Crafts
To read more information about Sign Langauge Camp, visit or contact Deac. Phyllis Yee at or 516-628-4229.
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Cultivating Legal Interpreters from Minority Backgrounds

Do you work as an interpreter in court and other legal settings?

Are you interested in and committed to increasing the number and skill of interpreters of color and interpreters who come from heritage signing backgrounds?

If Yes, then Project CLIMB of the ASL & Interpreting Studies Department of the University of Northern Colorado is looking for you!

Cultivating Legal Interpreters from Minority Backgrounds

We are now recruiting for a cohort of experienced legal interpreters

More information and the full application in ASL and English is available here or on our website:

Minimum criteria for participation:

  • 3 or more years of experience interpreting in legal settings
  • Qualified to work in court and legal settings where you live
  • Able to attend the face to face session July 31 – August 5, 2018

Desired characteristics of participants:

  • Evidence of prior legal training
  • Experience in a variety of legal settings
  • Knowledge and experience with teaching and/or mentoring
  • Experience and comfort with online learning/distance education
  • Evidence of commitment to creating inclusive and effective training opportunities for interpreters from marginalized backgrounds

Questions? Please visit our FAQs page:  

If you have questions, email:, call: 720-216-2662 (VP), 970-351-3161 (voice), or visit


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