SignSupport is a mobile application which is co-designed by Deaf communities in South Africa and multidisciplinary research teams.
The idea of the design and development of SignSupport mobile app originated from Deaf community of Cape Town. Many Deaf people who mainly use signed language for communication encounter a lot of problems in communicating and accessing information in society where hearing people are the majority. The Deaf people know best about their communication problems, and also have some ideas for solution. Our research team, Bridging Application and Network Gaps (BANG) then has taken this initiative to bring Deaf people’s idea of solution to reality and implement it on mobile phone. With our attempts, the app is currently in the stage of functional prototype.