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StorySign: Opening a New Chapter for Deaf Children

Translating popular children's books into sign language using AI

Changing the Story of Deaf Literacy

There are 32 million deaf children in the world, many of whom struggle to read. Deaf children don't learn to read phonetically, which means that they can struggle to match words with sounds.

To help open up the world of books to deaf children and change the story of deaf literacy, we created StorySign using the positive power of artificial intelligence.

Focusing on supporting families with deaf children up to 6 years old, StorySign uses innovative mobile AI technology to translate popular children's books into sign language. The app scans the words of selected, popular children's books, instantly translating them into sign language using our friendly signing avatar, Star.


In Partnership with the Community

StorySign was developed in close partnership with publishing partner Penguin Random House and the international deaf community, including deaf schools, 15+ (inter)national deaf associations, and the European Union of the Deaf (EUD).

Technology for All

StorySign is available for free worldwide and can be downloaded from Huawei AppGallery, Google Play Store, and Apple App Store. The 71 different children's books on the app are available in 15 sign languages, including British Sign Language, American Sign Language, Auslan, Libras, Spanish Sign Language, and French Sign Language.

  • 15

    sign languages

  • 71

    different children's books

StorySign is helping Tasneem to read, and it's helping us as parents to learn new signs too.
To be able to read to my daughter is the best feeling in the world. Mahbub
father to Tasneem

StorySign is really important because there isn't enough out there for deaf children. StorySign is fantastic! It's a technology that will change the future of an entire generation. Mark Wheatley
Executive Director, European Union of the Deaf

When I first saw the StorySign app, I was amazed. It's really lovely, the avatar is so realistic. Dr Katherine Rowley
Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, University College London

As a father of two children, I can imagine how sad it would be if I couldn't read a story to my daughter. The StorySign project is perfect for Huawei because we believe technology should enrich people's lives. Walter Ji
President of the Global Ecosystem Development Operation Dept, Huawei Device BG