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From Exclusion to Empowerment : Role of ICT 
for Persons with Disabilities 
Inclusive and Innovative Technological Solutions for Sustainable 
Societies 
TAWASOL 
Khalifa Computer Group
Education 
Skills 
Dev. 
Social 
www.khalifacomputergroup.com
The only thing deaf people cannot do is hear 
360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. 
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/ 
Although there are no official statistics for the number of deaf people in 
Egypt, a 2007 study by the World Health Organization estimated that hearing 
loss is prevalent in 16% of the population of Egypt. This percentage 
corresponds to more than 13 million people across all age groups. 
http://deafunit.org/the-deaf-in-egypt/ 
http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/1305/13_5_2007_1170_1180.pdf?ua=1 
If deaf children receive a good and suitable education then they are every 
bit as capable as hearing people. 
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001255/125541ev.pdf
When ever we say deaf, we think of sign language 
Signed languages are the natural languages of deaf people. They 
are the languages Deaf people use when they communicate with 
one another 
Sign language is a real language , exactly like all other languages. 
Except it couldn’t be written nor pronounced. It is a set of 
movements of hands , arms, lips and facial expressions. 
It is mainly used by deaf people for communication , expression 
of their feelings, telling stories , learning and teaching 
Without knowing normal people the sign language, It will be very 
difficult for them to communicate with Deaf people
Deaf child can do anything that hearing child can do, except hearing, but 
there are challenges to achieve that. 
On the National Level (Egypt) 
• Sign language is not fully unified all over the country 
• The sign language is not recognized by the government. 
• Most of deaf people are not educated 
• No unified resources for teachers to teach deaf other than the curricula 
given to normal students which do not consider the disability for Deaf. 
• No access to resources deaf can understand through their sign language. 
• Due to poor communication with the society, the deaf communities are 
isolated 
• No chances for jobs. 
On the International level 
• Most of the developing countries have the same main above problems 
• The Modern Countries such as USA, UK, France and others have advanced 
systems to help their deaf overcome their difficulties. 
• No social platform is utilized for deaf communities to communication with 
each others all over the world. 
• And More…
MCIT MOE 
Deaf NGOs
Gloves 
Gestures 
sensors 
cameras 
SPEECH TEXT
SPEECH TEXT 
DEAF 
Education
SPEECH TEXT 
DEAF 
Education 
Gloves 
Gestures 
sensors 
cameras
TAWASOL 
Teachers 
Family 
Students
TAWASOL 
Arabic Sign Language Dictionary 
Deaf Reader 
Touch Typing for Deaf 
Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
TAWASOL
• Arabic Alphabets 
• English Alphabets 
• Words with Video 
Sign (2500+) & 
(5000+) Images 
• Sentences Translator
Smart Morphological analyzer
TAWASOL 
Arabic Sign Language Dictionary 
Deaf Reader 
Touch Typing for Deaf 
Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
5000+ composited Video Signs, 2500+ Video Signs
Arabic Morphological Analyzer, and words speller 
• It uses built-in Arabic morphological 
analyzer for analyzing the sentences and 
displaying according sign videos. 
• It could understand the time where the 
verb happened, the Plural and single , 
Feminine and masculine as well as 
Pronouns. 
• If a word is not existing in the dictionary, 
it finger spells the word.
TAWASOL 
Arabic Sign Language Dictionary 
Deaf Reader 
Touch Typing for Deaf 
Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
Finger , Sign, Keyboard Key, wrong type indicator
Detailed progress reports for user on each exercise and Language
Guaranteed Speed & Accuracy, Will Be Integrated With Social Media
TAWASOL 
Arabic Sign Language Dictionary 
Deaf Reader 
Touch Typing for Deaf 
Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
Learn Arabic Alphabets 
Learn Words 
Learn Sentences & Grammar 
Exercises & Evaluation
TAWASOL 
More Words for the ASLD 
Improved Deaf Reader 
More Applications 
Going to mobile Apps
Increase Video Signs to 5000+ , Images to 10000+
Deaf Reader : a plugin for internet browsers to interpret Arabic to Sign Video
• Text to Speech 
• Text to Video Sign 
• Voice Recognition 
• Chat History (Sign, 
Text, Speech) 
• Word Auto Complete
• Our Cloud Based Solution “Tawasol” provides a 
complete (input/output) accessibility solution for deaf 
in Egypt. 
• Tawasol does not need any special hardware and is 
using digital video for signing which was proved as the 
best over the Avatar. 
• Artificial Intelligence is used for translating Arabic 
text into the Egyptian sign language with high 
accuracy.
• The system will be applied in 200 deaf schools and 
1000 integration schools for MOE in Egypt and will be 
utilized by Teachers academy for training of teachers 
on Egyptian sign language. It will the base for 
developing curricula for Deaf. 
• The developed innovative technologies can be used 
for any sign language in all Arab countries and can be 
modified for other native languages.
Khalifa Computer Group has developed an innovative 
system for Deaf which supports enabling, empowering 
and inclusion of them in both the Education system and 
the Jobs market. The “Tawasol system” brakes the 
barriers between deaf, the society 
and the world. 
New phases of the project will deal with more 
improvements and applications for the infra-structure 
which was built in the first phase.
Khalifa Computer Group 
162 King Faisal St., El Haram, Giza , Egypt 
Tel: +2 02 33837794 / 33829604 
Mob: +2 0111 444 2161 
Marketing@khalifaonline.com 
www.khalifacomputergroup.com

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Kcg cloud solutionforpwhd

  • 1. From Exclusion to Empowerment : Role of ICT for Persons with Disabilities Inclusive and Innovative Technological Solutions for Sustainable Societies TAWASOL Khalifa Computer Group
  • 2. Education Skills Dev. Social www.khalifacomputergroup.com
  • 3. The only thing deaf people cannot do is hear 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/ Although there are no official statistics for the number of deaf people in Egypt, a 2007 study by the World Health Organization estimated that hearing loss is prevalent in 16% of the population of Egypt. This percentage corresponds to more than 13 million people across all age groups. http://deafunit.org/the-deaf-in-egypt/ http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/1305/13_5_2007_1170_1180.pdf?ua=1 If deaf children receive a good and suitable education then they are every bit as capable as hearing people. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001255/125541ev.pdf
  • 4. When ever we say deaf, we think of sign language Signed languages are the natural languages of deaf people. They are the languages Deaf people use when they communicate with one another Sign language is a real language , exactly like all other languages. Except it couldn’t be written nor pronounced. It is a set of movements of hands , arms, lips and facial expressions. It is mainly used by deaf people for communication , expression of their feelings, telling stories , learning and teaching Without knowing normal people the sign language, It will be very difficult for them to communicate with Deaf people
  • 5. Deaf child can do anything that hearing child can do, except hearing, but there are challenges to achieve that. On the National Level (Egypt) • Sign language is not fully unified all over the country • The sign language is not recognized by the government. • Most of deaf people are not educated • No unified resources for teachers to teach deaf other than the curricula given to normal students which do not consider the disability for Deaf. • No access to resources deaf can understand through their sign language. • Due to poor communication with the society, the deaf communities are isolated • No chances for jobs. On the International level • Most of the developing countries have the same main above problems • The Modern Countries such as USA, UK, France and others have advanced systems to help their deaf overcome their difficulties. • No social platform is utilized for deaf communities to communication with each others all over the world. • And More…
  • 7. Gloves Gestures sensors cameras SPEECH TEXT
  • 8. SPEECH TEXT DEAF Education
  • 9. SPEECH TEXT DEAF Education Gloves Gestures sensors cameras
  • 11. TAWASOL Arabic Sign Language Dictionary Deaf Reader Touch Typing for Deaf Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
  • 13. • Arabic Alphabets • English Alphabets • Words with Video Sign (2500+) & (5000+) Images • Sentences Translator
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  • 19. 5000+ composited Video Signs, 2500+ Video Signs
  • 20. Arabic Morphological Analyzer, and words speller • It uses built-in Arabic morphological analyzer for analyzing the sentences and displaying according sign videos. • It could understand the time where the verb happened, the Plural and single , Feminine and masculine as well as Pronouns. • If a word is not existing in the dictionary, it finger spells the word.
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  • 25. Finger , Sign, Keyboard Key, wrong type indicator
  • 26. Detailed progress reports for user on each exercise and Language
  • 27. Guaranteed Speed & Accuracy, Will Be Integrated With Social Media
  • 28. TAWASOL Arabic Sign Language Dictionary Deaf Reader Touch Typing for Deaf Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
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  • 30. Learn Arabic Alphabets Learn Words Learn Sentences & Grammar Exercises & Evaluation
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  • 35. TAWASOL More Words for the ASLD Improved Deaf Reader More Applications Going to mobile Apps
  • 36. Increase Video Signs to 5000+ , Images to 10000+
  • 37. Deaf Reader : a plugin for internet browsers to interpret Arabic to Sign Video
  • 38. • Text to Speech • Text to Video Sign • Voice Recognition • Chat History (Sign, Text, Speech) • Word Auto Complete
  • 39. • Our Cloud Based Solution “Tawasol” provides a complete (input/output) accessibility solution for deaf in Egypt. • Tawasol does not need any special hardware and is using digital video for signing which was proved as the best over the Avatar. • Artificial Intelligence is used for translating Arabic text into the Egyptian sign language with high accuracy.
  • 40. • The system will be applied in 200 deaf schools and 1000 integration schools for MOE in Egypt and will be utilized by Teachers academy for training of teachers on Egyptian sign language. It will the base for developing curricula for Deaf. • The developed innovative technologies can be used for any sign language in all Arab countries and can be modified for other native languages.
  • 41. Khalifa Computer Group has developed an innovative system for Deaf which supports enabling, empowering and inclusion of them in both the Education system and the Jobs market. The “Tawasol system” brakes the barriers between deaf, the society and the world. New phases of the project will deal with more improvements and applications for the infra-structure which was built in the first phase.
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  • 44. Khalifa Computer Group 162 King Faisal St., El Haram, Giza , Egypt Tel: +2 02 33837794 / 33829604 Mob: +2 0111 444 2161 Marketing@khalifaonline.com www.khalifacomputergroup.com

Editor's Notes

  1. Hello every body, My name is Mohammed Khalifa the CEO of Khalifa Computer Company (KCG) based in Egypt , KCG is specialized in software and web solutions since 1984. I will show you today an innovative cloud based solution for people with hearing disabilities.
  2. The main objective of the solution is the Empowerment of people with hearing disability. The empowerment have main three gears; Education that requires communication which steers the socialization and led to skills development.
  3. Before we start, I would like to share some facts with you. The only thing that deaf people cannot do is hearing. International statistics estimates that 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. World health Organization. Although there are no official statistics of the number of deaf people in Egypt, a study by WHO estimates that hearing loss is prevalent in 16% of the population of Egypt. If deaf children receive a good and suitable education then they ary every bit as capable as hearing people.
  4. When ever we say deaf, we think of sign language Sign language is the main communication language between deaf. Sign language is a real language, exactly like all other languages except it couldn’t be written nor pronounced. It is a set of movements of hands, arms, lips and facial expressions. Deaf persons use the sign language for communication, expression of their feelings , telling stories, learning and teaching. It is easier for deaf persons to learn sign language as rather than other langueges.
  5. Although the deaf child can do anything that hearing child do, except hearing, there are challenges to achieve that. On the national level in Egypt and for the Arabic language specifically The sign language is not fully unified all over the country The sign language is not recognized by the government Most of deaf people are not educated and illiterate. - There are no unified resources for teachers to teach deaf other than the curricula given to normal students which do not consider the disability for Deaf. There are no tools nor resources in sign language for deaf to understand. - Due to poor communication with the society, the deaf communities are isolated There are no skills development and hence there are no chances for jobs , especially in the modern world. Main challenges internationally are : Most of the developing/ developed countries have the same main above problems. There are no
  6. Khalifa Computer Group partners in this projects was selected to help solving the main issues mentioned earlier. The Ministry of Education ; is to provide the approved the content and to enforce the unification of the sign all over the country through education in Deaf and Merging schools. The Local Deaf organizations are the third party partners through the MOE for approving provided content of the sign language through workshops and cooperation with Deaf Organizations and deaf people. The Ministry of Communication and Information technology; is for provide consultation guidance as well as coordination of implementation of project in schools, and other government institutions.
  7. Before we go with the solution, We can simply highlight the main tracks of IT researches for providing tools for communications between normal and deaf persons. The First direction is to convert the signed languages into text then to speech , and the other track is to convert the speech into text then to sign language. Thus, it is two way communication between normal and deaf person. The conversion of sign to text, is still facing real challenges. Also, the conversion from text to sign have much challenging especially for facial expressions when it uses Avatar.
  8. We have selected the track that empowers deaf people by education through sign language to read and write using technology, and hence they will be able to text to speech as they are talking. For the other direction we use speech to text to VIDEO signed language, making it easier for them to fast-forward the communication between them and the normal people.
  9. And of course the integration with sign to text upcoming technologies.
  10. Tawasol is the name of our solution , Tawasol means Communication. Tawasol is for deaf and normal people, it is for families , students and teachers. If we need a real empowerment of deaf persons, Tawasol will be for everybody.
  11. Tawasol is a cloud based solution for scalability and accessibility with no place or time limitations. The outcomes of the first phase of Tawasol includes four products: Arabic sign language dictionary Deaf reader Touch Typing for Deaf And Learn Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
  12. Two out of Tawasol four applications in this first phase will be provided on CDs as versions. The Arabic Sign Language Dictionary Learn Arabic Fundamentals for deaf.
  13. The Arabic Sign Language Dictionary is the core application of the solution, it includes more than 2500 Arabic words with video signs and more than 5000 images with average of two images per word. It also includes the Arabic alphabets and the English alphabets with signed videos. The words can be found either by searching with first litter or by searching in subjected categories. The Arabic Sign Language Dictionary is accompanied with sentences translator, which is a limited version of the Deaf Reader Application. The ArSL Dictionary is educational tool for both hearing and deaf people. The number of words, signed videos, and images will be increased with cooperation of MOE and Deaf NGOs during the project extensions. Specific Dictionaries will be implemented in the future to cover other professional fields i.e Since, Math, Politics etc…
  14. The alphabets tab of the ArSL Dictionary provides signed video for each alphabet in both Arabic and English with friendly interface.
  15. Each word in the dictionary is attached with its signed language video and one or more images. The images are to provide the meaning of words for deaf, also in the future extensions of the project we will provide short videos for clarifying the meaning of verbs.
  16. This screen shows the grouping of words in subjects
  17. The Sentences Reader in the dictionary is a limited version of Deaf Reader, it allows users to type in any Arabic sentence and translate it into Arabic signed language videos. The reader is using Arabic morphological analyzer that analysis the Arabic sentence and displays the correct sequence of signed videos. It is main source of data is the ArSL Dictionary, its maturity of translation depends on the number of signed videos in the dictionary. We will talk in more details about it in the Deaf Reader.
  18. Tawasol is a cloud based solution for scalability and accessibility with no place or time limitations. The outcomes of the first phase of Tawasol includes four products: Arabic sign language dictionary Deaf reader Touch Typing for Deaf And Learn Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
  19. The deaf reader is the most innovative application of the solution. It is considered as the first step towards the interpretation of Arabic to Sign language. Of course the electronic interpreters cannot completely replace human interpreter, but it could help. The deaf reader main purpose is for opening channels of communication between both hearing and deaf, as well as education purpose. The deaf reader is smart application, it could compose video signs for words that are not in the dictionary according the resulted analysis of the sentences.
  20. It uses built-in Arabic morphological analyzer for analyzing the sentences and displaying according sign videos. It could understand the time where the verb happened, the Plural and single , Feminine and masculine as well as Pronouns. If a word is not existing in the dictionary, it finger spells the word.
  21. Tawasol is a cloud based solution for scalability and accessibility with no place or time limitations. The outcomes of the first phase of Tawasol includes four products: Arabic sign language dictionary Deaf reader Touch Typing for Deaf And Learn Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
  22. Touch Typing Application for deaf main objective is to enable them to use their computer keyboard for typing fast, for the purpose of communication and developing their skills in using computer keyboard for job opportunities. The application is utilizing sign language in the training. It provides training for both Arabic and English keyboarding. Each user has his won account that records his progress and posts it on the website for job opportunities.
  23. The application main screen includes a guide explained in sign language and two modes of training; the free mode and the sequencial mode. The free mode is for freely browsing and training on any of the available exercises. The sequential mode is for training with objectives driven. The training is guided, the user have to meet speed and accuracy objectives to move to the next exercise. The application stores the progress of the user and shows him his scores for each exercise.
  24. The interface is clean and friendly, the user can access the opened exercises for training and once he achieve the accuracy and speed objectives, the application will enable the next exercise.
  25. The touch typing screen presents a virtual keyboard highlighting the next key to be pressed on the keyboard, the signed alphabet, and which fingure to user for pressing the next key. During the practice the wrong pressed key (alphabet) is highlighted and the current accuracy and speed is shown.
  26. The user can view his progress for each language and exercise on the application.
  27. At specific achievements of progress for the user on each language, the Touch Typing application enables him to publish his profile on a website dedicated for hiring data entry skilled deaf. This website is being marketed for all companies , institutions and organizations for data entry calibers. So by the end we have opened the opportunities for deaf people to have real job after training.
  28. Learn Arabic Fundamentals for Deaf
  29. The main objective of this application is to teach deaf people the Arabic language fundamental using the sign language for the purpose of being able to type correct structured Arabic sentences, and to learn some grammar. Every Chapter in the application is explained in sign language and attached with images, examples and evaluation.
  30. The application have three main chapters and exercises with evaluation. Chapter for learning Arabic alphabets. Chapter for learning words and some grammar Chapter for learning sentences, some grammar and subjects
  31. Each lesson in the application starts with its educational objectives for both teachers and students.
  32. The alphabets chapter includes explanation of Arabic alphabets, its movements and how to write the alphabet in words with examples.
  33. The words chapter is divided into five units, each unit focuses on specific subject (Family, School, etc..) Each unit includes some grammar explained simply in sign language, vocabulary relative to the unit subject, and ending with quiz and evaluation.
  34. Formulating correct sentences is the main objective of the application, in the learn sentences chapter we teach them some grammar grouped by same subjects in the previous chapter. Practice and evaluation are existing in each unit.
  35. In the second phase of the project, We will add more words to the dictionary, Improve the deaf reader , develop more application and go mobile
  36. For the Sign Language Dictionary , we will add more words to reach at least 5000+ words attached with their video signs and add more images and some animations to the verbs.
  37. We will also, improve the capability of the deaf reader and develop a plugin for internet browsers to allow deaf to select Arabic text and directly translate it to sign language on the browser. This will open more windows of learning resources for deaf persons.
  38. At the next phase we will go mobility , we will develop a smart chat mobile application for deaf, so they can chat with each others or chat with hearing people. The application will feature text to speech, speech recognition, and text to sign. It will keep the history of the conversations and will feature auto complete of words. This application will be built on the deaf reader technology and the sign language.
  39. The results could be summarized as the following Tawasol Cloud based solution provides a complete (input / output) accessibility solution for deaf in Egypt. Tawasol does not need any special hardware and is using digital video for signing which was provided as the best over the Avatar. Artificial Intelligence is used for translating Arabic text into Egyptian sign language with high accuracy.
  40. The solution will be applied in 200 deaf schools and 1000 integration schools for MOE in Egypt and will be utilized by Teachers academy for training of teachers on Egyptian sign language. It will be the base for developing curricula for Deaf. The developed innovative technologies can be used for any sign language in All Arab countries and can be modified for other native languages.
  41. The Conclusion Khalifa Computer Group has developed an innovative system for Deaf which supports enabling, empowering and inclusion of them in both the Education system and the Jobs market. The “Tawasol system” could brake the barriers between deaf, the society and the world. New phases of the project will deal with more improvements and applications for the infra-structure which was built in the first phase.
  42. Than you with worm love
  43. Any Questions?
  44. Khalifa Computer Group 162 King Faisal St., El Haram, Giza , Egypt Tel: +2 02 33837794 / 33829604 Mob: +2 0111 444 2161 Marketing@khalifaonline.com www.khalifacomputergroup.com