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RIT team creates deaf-friendly storybook app

Henrietta, N.Y. -- A team from the Rochester Institute of Technology has developed a new storybook app targeted toward deaf and hearing-impaired children.

The app, called The Baobab, was created by an all-deaf team. It tells a story of a girl who goes on an adventure and teaches kids vocabulary, featuring more than 170 words.

When the words in the app are tapped, videos show them being signed and spelled in American Sign Language.

Creators said the app can benefit all children, not just those who are hearing impaired. Its the first in a series of ASL/English bilingual storybook aps for iPads and Android tablets.

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Washington Times