A deaf-only industry could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to a deaf-friendly business, according to the founder of a new technology company that hopes to use sign language interpreters to assist people with sign language.
Chris Levenson, founder of The Sign Language Institute, told The Huffington Report that deaf people can be a valuable resource for people who are deaf-blind and deaf-mute.
“We are looking at this as a potential business opportunity, which is a huge opportunity for us,” he said.
He and his team are currently in the middle of developing the company’s first sign language interpreter that will allow people with speech disabilities to sign, read and understand text.
They are currently building out a manufacturing and distribution network, with Levensons team looking to launch a product in 2018.
Sign language interprets help people understand signs that can’t be understood by people who aren’t deaf-sighted, hearing impaired or deaf-disabled.
It can be used to communicate with deaf people who don’t speak a language.
Sign Language Institute is also building an app that will help people who speak a foreign language understand sign language, and is currently working on a companion app that uses spoken language to help people with autism and other disabilities communicate.
The company said it plans to open a sign language processing center in New York City, and hopes to bring the technology to the U.S. soon.
“It’s a way to give people the ability to be heard in a world that’s still very much deaf-based,” Levensdson said.
Sign Language interpreters will allow deaf people to “get to know the sign language language world” and provide an alternative to relying on a phone, he said, adding that he is currently developing a prototype app that can be installed on smartphones.
Signlanguage interpreter Chris Levensen said he has heard of many deaf people wanting to become sign language experts.
But, he added, “sign language interpreter are not a gold mine.”
He said the sign-language interpreter will be able to help deaf people learn sign language and can even help them communicate with their hearing counterparts.
Levensson said he and his colleagues plan to build a network of sign language specialists in the U, Canada, Britain and Australia who will be trained by the company.
“The technology will be designed to make this more accessible for people, and also be designed for people with disabilities to use,” he added.
“There are plenty of opportunities for deaf and hearing people in the world right now.”
Levenson said he is excited about how quickly his vision is coming to fruition, and believes it will change the world for the better.
“I am not just trying to change a few people’s lives,” he explained.
“This is a way for us to bring a world of deaf people into the mainstream, and change the way we communicate with the world.”
There’s going to be a lot of opportunities to have this technology around the world, and a lot more opportunities for the deaf.
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