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Rūta Vitkevičienė

Raidelių namai

Designed for learning letters and reading the game also introduces a child to the surrounding world of things. It shows the spelling of and pronounces the names of each thing found at home, and offers an opportunity to compose them out of letters, mixed up and flying around. A function for kids with hearing and speaking disability enables them to see a gesture of Lithuanian manual alphabet corresponding to each letter. The function can also help healthy children in learning to interact with hearing-impaired peers.

Problem

There is a lack of interactive and fun learning tools for children with hearing and speaking disabilities. There is also a low level of integration into the society for people with hearing disabilities due to restricted tools of communication.

The number of people with hearing and speaking disabilities in Lithuania:
• About 8 thousand deaf and 15 thousand partially deaf people;
• About 1,800 deaf children in the age of 3 to 9 years;
• 30 to 40 new-borns with hearing disabilities annually.

Solution

Social benefit
The game shortens the gap between healthy and hearing-impaired people by offering an opportunity to learn the sign language to anyone who interacts with kids with hearing and speaking disabilities.

Educational benefit
The game teaches to learn letters, to read and to write. The letters are presented in two ways: in writing and in gestures. This is a first game in Lithuania to present the Lithuanian fingerspelling. The voice pronouncing each word helps in learning to read.

Entertainment benefit
The game includes many fun elements, such as attractive interactive details, multiple playful options, joyful voices, and beautiful graphics. It offers a good opportunity for having good time.

Communicational benefit
The sign language is yet another communication tool. It is suitable for healthy people, too, for sharing information in silence or secret. It feels like knowing one more foreign language. By the way, though now mostly used by visually impaired people, the Braille system was originally created for soldiers to read messages in the dark.

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