Speech and Language Technology for Disabled Persons

Stockholm, Sweden
May 31 - June 2, 1993

A Multi-Media Program Exercising the Basics in Lip-Reading, Cued-Speech and Sign-Language Vocabulary

Birgit Cook

Deptartment of Speech Communication and Music Acoustics, Hearing Technology Group, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

The concept of self-instructive training with the use of different types of learning machines has been welcomed by many teachers as a means of lessening the burden of training basic skills. It is also a type of training aid that has been found to inspire self confidence in the learner. Our intention in developing such a program is to provide hearing impaired and deaf people with the means of building up a basic level in lipreading, sign-vocabulary and in the use of a cued-speech system. The program allows the presentation modes to be varied between visual, auditory and audio-visual and enables us to monitor progress throughout. Suitably adapted applications of the program can contribute towards the rehabilitation of cochlear-implant patients. The multi-media work station used consists of a PC system and a laser video disc-player. Our present demonstration disc provides 35 minutes of words, phrases and continuous speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cook, Birgit (1993): "A multi-media program exercising the basics in lip-reading, cued-speech and sign-language vocabulary", In SLTDP-93, 79-82.