In Iran, about 4.7% of the babies are born with peripheral hearing impairment, which is higher than the global average. There is also hearing impairment in the elderly. It was with these groups in mind that the main idea behind the AvaNama software took shape in 2015 by a research group at the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology under the supervision of Dr Mansoor Davoodi. The first version of AvaNama was released in autumn 2019 compatible with both Windows and Android operating systems.
AvaNama is intended to help and improve communication in individuals with hearing impairment who can lip-read and/or use the sign language. The software utilises the existing standards in Iran and applies them in the form of a unique integrated sign language which is independent of geographical or regional constraints and can be used as an educational tool by teachers and students alike.
The AvaNama software can be used in all public places such as hospitals, government offices, banks, bus terminals, and train stations to facilitate communication with persons with hearing impairment. Another important application of AvaNama is in radio and television where voice could be automatically converted into sign language.
For more information, please visit the AvaNama website avanama.org
Mon, 28 Oct 2019
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