First Augmented Reality book to inspire British Sign Language launching 12 July 2019

The first augmented reality (AR) book to inspire families to use British Sign Language (BSL) will be soft launched from 12:30 pm on the 12th July 2019 at The Watershed in Bristol.

Where is the Bird? combines illustrations, videos, print and smartphone technology to inspire families to use BSL with their children in the home or on the move.

When combined with the book, this smartphone app ‘wakes up’ the book’s hand-drawn illustrations, making them magically spring to life alongside video demonstrations of the BSL sign for that word. VIKA Books worked closely with the deaf community, including children from the Elmfield School for Deaf Children, VS1 Productions and the Deaf Studies Trust to create the work.

VIKA Books founder, Victoria Forrest, shared: “British Sign Language is a rich and complete language developed by the deaf community. We’re inviting all families, hearing and deaf alike, to play in sign language. Our hope is that every child has the opportunity to grow up learning simple BSL. A shared language would help hearing children communicate before they can speak, and bring deaf and hearing communities closer together.

Friday 12th July: Family Activity Day
Be the first to play with the book and, if you one of the first 20 parents to arrive, receive a free copy. There will also be a dedicated Baby BSL Colouring Corner offering free activity packs and BSL demonstrations. Draw with us, or take a pack and play in the cafe. There’s even a 10% discount at the bar for grown-ups if you order your drinks in BSL!

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