This project integrates American Sign Language (ASL) into the life and physical sciences content of 9th-12th grade deaf or hard-of-hearing students. Project partners incorporate the use of the assistive technology in order to develop, research, and disseminate two interactive 3D dictionaries: Signing Life Science Dictionary (SLSD), and Signing Physical Science Dictionary (SPSD) with audio modes and approximately 750 standards-based terms in English and Spanish text that can be signed or listened to on demand.
Team Leader, Sign Language Projects
About Me (Bio):
Jason Hurdich has instructed college level ASL and interpreting classes since 1993, starting while still working on his BA degree at Boston University. He has received high recommendations for his excellent work. Mr. Hurdich consulted at Vcom3D from 2002 – 2005, in the role of developing ASL translations for scientific, technical, and career development courses and work-aids. As a permanent staff member, he has been a significant contributor to the Company’s SigningAvatar technology development, and consults with Vcom3D staff in issues related to correct ASL usage and Deaf culture issues. His research experience includes U.S. Department of Education-funded projects focused on (1) The Theory of Mind in Deaf Children and (2) the use of technology by Deaf/HH students in post-secondary settings. Mr. Hurdich attended the Lexington School for the Deaf and received the B.A. degree in Political Science from Boston University in 1997. Mr. Hurdich has native proficiency in American Sign Language. He is a member of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD); Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID); Florida Association of the Deaf. In 1996, he received the Boston’s Citizen Award: “For Outstanding Contributions Towards the Quality of Life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth; and for Promoting Deaf Awareness in the City of Boston,” Presented by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.