Software translates voice into sign language, text

May 23, 2004

Martha Knutson, Upper Chesapeake Health's general counsel, will demonstrate the iCommunicator software, which translates spoken words into American Sign Language and text displayed on a laptop computer screen, when the Harford County Commission on Disabilities meets at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the historic Bel Air Colored High School, 205 Hays St., Bel Air.

Although the software is not intended as a substitute for a sign language interpreter, it has the potential to offer the deaf and hard of hearing improved access to health care, its developers say.

For more information and to request disability-related accommodations at the meeting, contact Sharon Grzanka at 410- 638-3373 (voice/TTY) or disabil ity@co.ha.md.us.

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