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Online dictionary of haptic body signs
BodySigns is a collection of haptic signs performed on the body (body signs) used by deafblind people, their relatives and assistants in German-speaking countries. This collection was structured and supplemented by haptic signs used abroad where appropriate, and a lexicon or collection of phrases of haptic body signs was developed. The lexicon is published at www.hapticbodysigns.de.
The collection of the signs was done together with deafblind people and their assistants from all over Germany. In addition, manuals of haptic signs from other countries were consulted in order to be able to add possibly important signs to the lexicon. The online lexicon serves not only the deafblind people, their relatives and friends for communication, but should also be used in the deafblind assistance training.
Implementation of the lexicon of haptic signs (BodySigns) in an app that ensures low-threshold access for assistants in training, for relatives and for deafblind people themselves via digital devices such as smartphones.
To ensure the internationality of our website as well as app, all content is translated into English, International Sign (IS) as well as DGS. A toggle function makes it possible to switch between German/DGS and English. In this way, the app can promote the spread of haptic signs worldwide and contribute to bringing the community of deafblind people closer together internationally via the Internet and enabling an exchange. This would also be the basis for internationally standardized haptic signs for deafblind people.
The most important goal of the Spread BodySigns project is now to disseminate and thus conventionalize haptic signs in German-speaking countries. For this purpose, an app that provides low-threshold access to the haptic signs via smartphone for assistants in training, for relatives, friends, colleagues and contact persons.