A recent study claims that the deaf community cannot learn more about the latest evolutions in science. The problem is generated by the fact that the speed at which new advances take place is faster than the development of sign language that can explain the new discoveries.
According to the lead researcher who contributed to the study, the issue is quite significant since it hinders the ability to engage in an activity related to science, especially when new data has to be taken into account to understand more about specific fields.
She and a team of other researchers are hard at work on the development of up to 50 signs that could facilitate the task of explaining more about her research into the evolution of planetary systems.
Deaf People Struggle With Lack of Signs Related to Science
Many of the deaf people who live in the UK rely on the British Sign Language (or BSL) to communicate. BSL includes 100 signs that focus on astronomical concepts. However, a high amount of time is required to convert new data into sign language. For example, knowledge about black holes has been around for decades, but signs which can explain them surfaced recently.
The challenge is considerably higher when sophisticated fields like astrophysics and others are involved since the signs that could allow debating, discuss, and learn more about them do not exist. Accessibility can boost the interest in learning, and the new signs will allow more researchers to hold lectures, talks, and workshops that are easier to follow and to understand.
A critical fact that has to be taken into account is that sign language relies on visual examples. Many of the terms that are used in astronomy and astrophysics tend to be highly specific and cannot be associated easily with a visual image. To mitigate this difficulty, the team decided to harness the potential of existent signs and expand them.