Telesign

Telesign is a system designed for Deaf adults attempting to carry out service transactions with a hearing person such as visiting the veterinarian or getting their oil changed. American Sign Language (ASL) is the native language of the Deaf in the United States. ASL has a completely different grammar than English. This makes it difficult for a Deaf person to communicate in English with a hearing person. Traditional methods of communication between the Deaf and hearing are writing on paper and passing it back and forth or typing onto a Sidekick-like device and showing that. Both of these methods require the Deaf individual to create grammatically correct or at least semantically understandable English phrases which may be difficult. Telesign is a one-way phrase book-based system into which the Deaf individual can sign a phrase and the system provides a number of phrases in English which can be selected.