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Designing ASL-Friendly Interfaces and Video Components

Date & Time
Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 9:20 AM PST  
Grand GH  
As the world's sign languages (SLs) are visual rather than spoken or written, video is the best and only medium for sharing signed content online. User interface designs for video components in signed languages are often built around - and limited by - text and audio conventions. Although there have been minor innovations in video-based interface designs, these efforts are hampered by the fact that existing video paradigms have not been developed for signed language-related usage nor the specific needs and shared conventions of the Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) signing community. When video-based components are built to deliver main content, navigation cues, and other UI elements in a visual language, many more possibilities need to be prototyped and explored. In this session, we will discuss previously unexplored possibilities for making video components more accessible, effective, and deliverable to Deaf ASL-signing people. We will demonstrate design options for key features of interfaces with video components. We will shed light on areas that have not been widely explored or considered in UX/UI accessibility, design, and development practices, and discuss how to create tools that facilitate authentic and meaningful interactions with Deaf SL users. Our goal is to broaden and shift attendee perspectives and offer new insights on novel signed language-centric video-based UX/UI designs that include and engage deaf signing communities in the world of online information.  
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
  • Media & Publishing
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
How does current UI design obstruct or facilitate the online user experiences of ASL-signing people? Let's explore how interactive video components can effectively deliver signed language content and increase connection with deaf signing audiences.  
Primary Topic
Digital Accessibility  
Secondary Topics
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Design
  • Research
  • Web
Session Type
General Track  


  • Tish Burke
    ASL Ed Center
  • Rachel Boll
    ASL Ed Center
  • Jeanne Reis
    ASL Ed Center

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