Pakistan Sign Language (PSL) is Pakistan's first online sign language dictionary which is extensive and free. It aims to cater to the hearing-impaired by providing them a means to learn and augment their sign language vocabulary so that the quality of their conversations is enhanced. It also aims to empower the instructors of the hearing-impaired by providing them quick assistance while they are teaching.
With the rapid expansion of the Pakistan Sign Language (PSL) dictionary to a few thousand words, the organization required for the dictionary to be available digitally to hearing impaired, deaf people and users interested in learning (PSL). The language needed to be made available on the website and on a 1000 Raspberry Pi's to be distributed nation wide.
In order for our team to take the dictionary digital we had to understand current human behaviour in regards to how sign language was being taught in classrooms. We visited several schools and observed the challenges the students and teachers faced in delivering the content. Users needed to access different words in the easiest possible way.
We designed new ways of accessing words through easy to understand categories and search functions. In addition users now have the capabilities to save and create playlists for quick access to their favourite words. Teaching guides were also created for teachers who wanted to learn how to facilitate the learning of sign language in class rooms.