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ASL-STEM Forum: Enabling Sign Language to Grow Through Online Collaboration

Summary: ASL-STEM Forum: Enabling Sign Language to Grow
Through Online Collaboration
Anna C. Cavender, Daniel S. Otero, Jeffrey P. Bigham and Richard E. Ladner
Computer Science and Engineering
DUB Group, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195 USA
{cavender, oterod, ladner}@cs.washington.edu
Department of Computer Science
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627 USA
American Sign Language (ASL) currently lacks agreed-upon
signs for complex terms in scientific fields, causing deaf stu-
dents to miss or misunderstand course material. Further-
more, the same term or concept may have multiple signs, re-
sulting in inconsistent standards and strained collaboration.
The ASL-STEM Forum is an online, collaborative, video fo-
rum for sharing ASL signs and discussing them. An initial
user study of the Forum has shown its viability and revealed


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle
Bigham, Jeffrey P. - Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester
Cavender, Anna C. - Google Labs, Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences