Connecting the world with signs<span>Junto Ohki</span>
2016 Young Laureate, Applied Technology
Seventy million people worldwide use sign languages. They are divided by 126 different languages, each with its own vocabulary. However, there are very few dictionaries to bridge the gaps between these languages. A Japanese entrepreneur
is creating an online sign-language dictionary to help deaf communities across the world converse.
It’s not that deaf people are less skilled. Society makes them disabled because society is only for hearing people. I want to change that.
As a teenager, Junto Ohki was entranced by sign language. At university he formed a sign language club and later became a certified sign language interpreter. But he soon realized users were divided by 126 languages worldwide, each with
its own grammar and vocabulary – and there were very few dictionaries to help them interact.
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