When text is not the answer: supporting low-literate deaf online
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Type of Work57 leaves
DepartmentUniversity of Baltimore. School of Information Arts and Technologies
ProgramUniversity of Baltimore. Master of Science in Information Design and Information Architecture
RightsThis item may be protected under Title 17 of the U.S. Copyright Law. It is made available by the University of Baltimore for non-commercial research and educational purposes.
SubjectsComputers and people with disabilities
Assistive computer technology
American Sign Language
Presently, text is the most common medium of accessible content offered to the Deaf1 community that otherwise would be presented in an audio format if the recipient were not deaf. However, this fails to address the high incidence of low-level literacy within the Deaf community. As news, education and entertainment content are increasingly presented through online, often interactive, channels addressing multiple input modalities including text, a significant portion of the Deaf community has been left out of the discourse commonly shared within the dominant hearing community. This paper's scope and purpose is primarily that of a literature review exploring the progress made towards support of Deaf access to online information.