Seashell Speak and Sign
Seashell Speak and Sign is a BSL vocabulary which uses videos of sign language alongside speech. It allows the user to access over 1000 signs.
Seashell was designed for a group of deaf teenagers who have cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Seashell could also be used by non-signing people to communicate in basic sign language or to learn signs.
Key features of Seashell:
- symbol based
- provides choice of whether to ‘speak message’ or ‘sign message’
- modern young adult vocabulary
- supports functional key word communication, not English grammar
- large vocabulary (over 1000 words)
- consistent, simple layout and navigation
- reflects some features of BSL (British Sign Language)
- blank cells for easy insertion of new vocabulary and new pages
- full screen signing videos
Seashell was developed by Jackie Barker MA BSc. Jackie is a Speech and Language Therapist working for Royal School for the Deaf and
Communication Disorders in Manchester. RSDCD provides residential education for people with sensory impairment and complex learning disabilities.