Deaf and Hard of Hearing People: Electronic Communication Aids

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Abstract

This paper gives an overview and extends the Special Thematic Session (STS) on ‘Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People: Electronic Communication Aids’. The topics of the session focus on special equipment to improve the communication between people with or without hearing-impairments, on improvement of communicational skills, or on methods to generate a better research environment for respective technical developments. The papers are related to visual communication using sign language, lip-reading or written text, to spoken or written language acquisition or improvement, or to general services for hearing-impaired persons.