We’re thrilled to have appeared on the BBC news yesterday with our British Sign Language project. The project, initiated by our Director of Curriculum, Kate Farrell and funded by Skills Development Scotland, has brought together colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and tech experts across the UK to develop more than 500 signs covering computer science, cyber security, data science and software development.
The project is part of our remit to support diversity and inclusion in the tech industries and will open up new opportunities for deaf people to work and study in this field. The new gestures provide a vocabulary of terms that previously did not exist. Database, cyber security, ethical hacking, and artificial intelligence are some of the terms included in the new vocabulary. The full list of signs can be found on the Scottish Sensory Centre website.
Project leader Dr Audrey Cameron, a Chancellor’s Fellow at Moray House School of Education and Sport, says: “The sign development team has been awesome and creative in developing these visual representations of all the terms.”
Kate Farrell, Director of Curriculum Development and Professional Learning (Data Education in Schools) is keen to keep adding to the list:
“Like the technology itself, which is constantly changing, the accompanying language has to evolve – we therefore welcome the continued input from technologists.”