ERIC Number: ED342896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Developing a Computer Data File: Signs, Illustrations, and Vocabulary for Use with and by Hearing-Impaired Adults.
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh.
A project developed a computerized data file of essential vocabulary, signs, and illustrations to be used to train deaf or hearing-impaired adults. Project activities included the following: designing a data entry and retrieval system for the project; identifying the interactive vocabulary most needed by deaf employees and their co-workers; illustrating the signs from American Sign Language (ASL) for each concept; illustrating the concept; writing definitions and sentences for each concept; and entering the data into a Macintosh computer Hypercard file. The end product is a set of more than 500 data cards with workplace-relevant vocabulary, each including an illustration of the signed work or phrase in ASL, a description of how to make the sign, a definition of the word or phrase, a series of work-related sentences using the word/phrase, and an illustration demonstrating the meaning of words that can be pictured. The cards are divided into 28 topic areas. The data may be accessed directly on the computer or may be printed out into little dictionaries of vocabulary for use by literacy trainers, employers, or employees at work sites. (This report includes four appendixes: an alphabetical listing of datafile entries, a categorical listing of datafile entries, sample printout options, and resumes of project staff.) (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, American Sign Language, Computer Uses in Education, Daily Living Skills, Database Design, Database Management Systems, Databases, Deaf Interpreting, Deafness, Hypermedia, Literacy Education, Microcomputers, Teaching Methods, Workplace Literacy
AdvancE, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 (report, dictionary, and diskette).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh.