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  • Northside West

Cabra choir at storytelling day

Wednesday, 23rd October, 2019 1:00pm
Cabra choir at storytelling day

Pictured are Sara Kardokaite, Karen Koster, Nicole Ryan, Ethan McCarthy and Alise Kriksciukaite enjoying the magic of story time with Huawei’s StorySign app.

Cabra choir at storytelling day

Pictured are Sara Kardokaite, Karen Koster, Nicole Ryan, Ethan McCarthy and Alise Kriksciukaite enjoying the magic of story time with Huawei’s StorySign app.

THE Cabra Deaf Choir treated families to a wonderful performance during a day of storytelling and activities with TV presenter Karen Koster at Dublin Zoo last month.

The event was organised by hi-tech giant Huawei and the company used the opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to supporting Ireland’s deaf community.

The children from the choir who attend the Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra have benefited from the Huawei StorySign app and have experienced first-hand the unique experience it affords them to enjoy story time.

Huawei has announced further investment in the free app developed to bring the joy of story time to Deaf children, with the addition of four new books to the StorySign Library and the launch of the app on iOS.

Pioneered by Huawei, StorySign has been downloaded over 40,000 times since its launch in December 2018.

It creates an authentic reading experience that helps enrich story time for deaf children and their parents.

“At Huawei, we believe that when you bring together human imagination with the power of our Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, we can do something for the greater good,” said Byron Maxi, Huawei Ireland’s country director.

“Huawei has worked closely with the Irish Deaf Society throughout the StorySign campaign to raise awareness of deaf literacy issues and develop the app as a long-term resource that grows over time and continues to benefit the deaf community in Ireland.”

Commenting on why StorySign can now be used on any smartphone Walter Ji, President of Huawei’s Western Europe Consumer Business Group, said: “At Huawei, we want to use our technology to make the world a better place – no matter where you live or what smartphone you use – whether it’s Android or iOS.

“Thirty four percent of the people who have downloaded the free StorySign app have become daily active users, which reinforces our commitment to helping more deaf children learn to read and makes us proud to continue developing and expanding StorySign.”

John Sherwin, CEO Irish Deaf Society, said education tools that enhance the use of Irish Sign Language at home are vital when tackling the early development of language, cognition and literacy of deaf children.

“The Irish Deaf Society is proud to support Huawei with its long-term vision to help open the world of books to Deaf children through StorySign,” he said.

“The expansion of the StorySign library, a new language and wider availability mark an important step towards helping Deaf children enjoy story time.”

During the event at Dublin Zoo, Huawei Ireland also premiered a new short film directed by Oscar winning director Chis Overton, that really brings StorySign to life with a local Dublin family with two deaf children, Bobby and Sophia. 

StorySign, the free mobile app is available on both Android and iOS, and comes alive with Star, the app’s friendly signing avatar developed in partnership with world-class studio Aardman and input from experts in the deaf community.

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