Snapchat releases new lenses teaching ASL basics

The various lenses approach fingerspelling in three ways.

9/22/2021 11:30:00 PM

The various lenses approach fingerspelling in three ways.

The social media company unveiled three new lenses to honor International Week of the Deaf.

The lenses were created with the development companySignAll, which designs AI technology for sign language recognition, translation, and education in order to connect the Deaf community with hearing people.Before this week's launch, Snapchat had already integrated closed captioning and subtitles options to its Discover page. Expanding on these accessibility features, the new lenses and stickers (which feature Bitmojis using ASL) add a sense of representation within the app's many filters, games, and chat features. They were also created using guidance and feedback from Snapchat team members who are deaf or hard of hearing themselves."We want all members of our community to feel as though our products are made for them — and that includes native signers," Snapchat wrote.

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UPDATE: Sept. 21, 2021, 3:07 p.m. EDTA previous version of this story incorrectly referred to the new features as"filters."This story has been updated to reflect that these features are called"lenses." Read more: Mashable »

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