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Key Word Sign Australia app is finally here!

KWSA-app-icon-180pixThe Key Word Sign Australia app, released in November, was formally launched on the 3rd of December for the International Day of People with Disability at the Australian Centre for Moving Images (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne.

The celebration commenced with a rousing performance by Glenallen school choir singing and using key word sign to the tunes of “Walk right in” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas”.

Karen Bloomberg, National Coordinator for Key Word Sign Australia, and Speech Pathologist for Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre, gave a moving and rich history of Key Word Sign in Australia and including the evolution of the Key Word Sign app.

A demonstration of the functions and features of the app was then presented, receiving comments of delight from the crowd … “Oh wow!”, “I can’t wait to download a copy when I get back to work tomorrow”, “Fabulous”.

It was a lovely afternoon celebrating the contributions of many over a number of years.

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The app enables you to do many things including:

  • Print out the entire Key Word Sign Australia dictionary, either alphabetically or by category – the first time the entire library of these line drawings have been available electronically;
  • Create and print individual resources using line drawings of Auslan signs, Widgit symbols or photos from your own camera roll
  • Watch video clips of the interactive vocabulary, numbers, alphabet or your own saved clips

Check out the Key Word Sign Australia app now!

by Katie Lyon
Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre