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Inclusive Literacy on the move

Helping Hearing and Deaf displaced people learn to read their mother tongue and host Countries languages with hand sign assist.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

People speaking 7000 languages are in transition and need to learn to read their own mother tongue in order to maintain their culture in case they may return to their home. They also need to learn to read their new host country languages in order to thrive. Deaf people need to also learn to read, develop language skills and communicate. And everyone needs to also learn to read English. This is difficult to do because of the limitation of learning resources.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

It targets all areas of the developing world.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Whether return home or blending into a new "home" literacy matters. It builds bridges of peace and prosperity.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

50 million deaf people in the world are permanently in transition because they lack the educational resources to equip themselves with family and Hearing community. 80 million children are underserved in education due to displacement by political conflict or natural disasters. 4 billion people in the world can't enjoy reading a novel or function to their potential at work because their functional litteracy skills are lacking. This idea serves them all.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The community both Deaf and Hearing will learn to read their mother tongue, local business and English language. Statistics are automatically gathered to reveal aggregate level of use.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Literacy level is directly correlated to levels of health, social and economic development. Improving literacy results in an increase of all other areas.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

By 2025 every family will have a smartphone which can serve as the family education center while they are in transition. It takes only 30 hours for a volunteer to add their mother tongue to the reading system. Then all can benefit.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

The community on the move speaking 7000 languages each have their own specific need to learn home and "new home" languages. Typically aid organizations spend $1 million to make a literacy app to serve a people group. This volunteer project does the same 100x faster and at zero cost.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Volunteers have added... Many languages...

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Other

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Other

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Full Scale Roll Out: We have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base (i.e. when innovation has reached 84% or above of the target population or above 1,000,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

The His Hands Reader mother tongue literacy project is a collection of volunteers that add their mother tongue language data. An all volunteer approach to meeting the literacy needs across 7,000 languages is essential because resources are otherwise limited to serve all languages equally.

Website URL:

Type of submitter

  • Other

Organization Headquarters: Country

I live in the USA

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Bryan, Texas


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Photo of Uchenna Okafor

I salute your courage , Bob. I also nurse deep passion to improve the livelihood of disabled persons. Moreover, is there no provision for the blind in your design?

Photo of Bob Achgill

The menu system for playing the quad-lingual literacy videos is html based so should be accessible with traditional screen reader technology. The blind person will benefit from hearing words in the dictionary and reading primers spoken in all three languages.
It will be a treat to be able to have access to learn how to speak 1742 words in a mother tongue not otherwise documented!

The blind member of the family may lead the way in teaching his/her seeing siblings in learning to speak any other language of the world.

Photo of Uchenna Okafor

Thanks for your inclusive design. i will not hesitate to ask more questions or make contributions as may be inspired.

Photo of Bob Achgill

Please download the content to your Android, Windows, MacBook or Linux device. Let me know of any places in the dictionary or reading primers can be improved to make it easier for your screen reader access.

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