Multimodal Accessibility for Deaf Students Using Interactive Video, Digital Repository and Hybrid Books

  • Vassilis KourbetisEmail author
  • Konstantinos Boukouras
  • Maria Gelastopoulou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9739)


Modern inclusive educational approaches try to eliminate educational inequalities and barriers in the learning and teaching process. For this reason, and by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), it is necessary to differentiate educational material and tools in order to allow all students, including those with disabilities, to access education. The objective of this paper is to present the innovative interactive applications for the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) students. The content of the educational documents is rendered in Greek Sign Language (GSL). The multimedia electronic form of the Hybrid books combines the presentation of the original printed book in GSL, the text in subtitles underneath the GSL video, videos with text navigation as well as the audio recording of the text by a native speaker. The applications are free and accessible to all via the web, offer various benefits to students, teachers, parents and others involved in the education of D/HH students.


Interactive technology Hybrid books Inclusive education Accessibility Deaf education 



This research has been co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) and the Greek national funds through the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning” of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) under the project: “Design and Development of Accessible Educational & Instructional Material for Students with Disabilities”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vassilis Kourbetis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Konstantinos Boukouras
    • 1
  • Maria Gelastopoulou
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Educational PolicyAthensGreece

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