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Snapchat launches new lens for users to learn American Sign Language

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Snapchat has introduced a new lens that teaches American Sign Language (ASL), in partnership with SignAll, which designs AI technology for sign language translation.

The ASL Alphabet Lens teaches you how to fingerspell your name, practice the ASL alphabet, and play games to test your skills, all using hand-tracking technology.

A team of engineers with hearing disabilities known as the “Deafengers” has spearheaded a Snapchat feature to bridge the divide between the deaf and hearing worlds.

According to a social media company, the three new augmented reality-enabled lenses encouraging Snapchat users to fingerspell in ASL debuted in September during the International Week of the Deaf.

“For native signers, in a world where linguistic inequity is prevalent, we believe AR can help evolve the way we communicate, We look forward to learning more from our community as we strive to continuously improve experiences for everyone on Snapchat.” according to a news release by the social media company.

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