Deaf students create app to teach, interpret sign language

A group of students with a hearing impairment has created an app that helps teach and interpret sign language. The app was created by those who attended a course run by Mbula Research and Development. Duduzile Ramela spoke to Wonder Ndhlovu, who is the founder of Mbula and Future-Coding. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A group of students with hearing impairments has created an app that helps teach and interpret sign language. 

The app was created by those who attended a course run by Mbula Research and Development. 

"There are a number of reasons why we came up with this solution, one, last month the government launched the sign language charter, which compels government and the private sector sign language interpretation services are provided.

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"Secondly, early this year we had an encounter when one of our delegates fell ill and had to be taken to hospital and throughout navigating the hospital services we encountered a communication barrier between the deaf patient and the healthcare workers and those are just some of the reasons," said founder of Mbula and Future-Coding, Wonder Ndhlovu.

Ndhlovu says the organisation has been working with the group to also develop wearable technology that will help people who are communicating with a deaf person.

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