is software to learn and practise the Weerklank sign language.
Weerklank is a Dutch institution for mentally handicapped deaf people.
This institution developed or adjusted over 1000 signs for these
people. The Gebarenblik-cd-rom contains video's and photo's of the
Handicom did the programming in this project.
An important reason to set up this project was that most of the care institutions in the Netherlands don't use the same sign language and symbol systems. The result is that when someone who lives in a home for mentally handicapped people, moves to another home, he or she has to learn another language all together. This can change if all institutions use Gebarenblik.
a Dutch care institution for mentally handicapped people, was the
initiator of the project.
Under the supervision of the Weerklank, Schepens produkties took care of the realization of the sign video's and photo's.
Handicom wrote the applications.
A large number of institutions has participated in the evaluation of the software.
rdgKompagne puts Gebarenblik on the market.
Gebarenblik consists of 3 modules: Print, Encyclopedie (Encyclopedia) and Oefenen (Practise).
With Gebarenblik Print you can compose and print sign exercise books in
no time, without any manual work. A sign exercise book contains photo's of signs combined with one or
more symbols, pictures or photo's. Using these books, deaf people can
practise the signs without help. Books that also contain descriptions
of the signs, can be used by others to look up signs or to pick up new
This print program works with templates that can be filled with sign photo's, sign descriptions, words, images, photo's and symbols from 5 different symbol systems: Bliss, PCS, Pictogram, Beeldlezen and Beta.
Gebarenblik Encyclopedie is a tool for therapists, family and other supporters of a mentally handicapped person. They can use it to look up the correct signs and symbols for each word. There is a video of every sign.
Gebarenblik Oefenen (Practise)
Gebarenblik Oefenen consists of two applications: Leren (Learn) and Memory (a game). These applications have been given a very simple interface to enable a mentally disabled person to work with them independently.
Leren is an imitation program. The speech therapist has to decide beforehand which signs will be part of an exercise. The exercise can be saved in a file. When the file is opened again, the first frame of the first sign video appears on screen. Next to the video an image or photo is seen. The video can be played by clicking on it. One can look at other images or photos by clicking on the boxes below the image or photo. Apart from that, you only see a big 'next' button with which you can go to the next sign in the series.
For Memory games, the player also needs the help of
a therapist (or a parent, or friend) to decide how many cards, which
words and which symbol system(s) will be used. It is possible to use
two symbol systems at the same time; each word will then be represented
by both symbol systems. For instance, when playing with sign photo's
and PCS symbols, the player has to combine the photo and the symbol
that represent the same concept.
Pictures and video's
Gebarenblik comes with video's and photo's of the Weerklank signs (over
1000). The signs are not only linked to words but also to the
different symbol systems and pictures. This explains the meaning of
signs in a way that is understandable for the mentally handicapped
The following symbol databases can be used in Gebarenblik: PCS, Bliss, Pictogram, Beeldlezen and Beta. It is possible to order Gebarenblik with just a few of these symbol databases.