Design and Development of an Educational Arabic Sign Language Mobile Application: Collective Impact with Tawasol

  • Abeer Al-NafjanEmail author
  • Bayan Al-Arifi
  • Areej Al-Wabil
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9176)


This paper describes Tawasol, a multimedia system offering an innovative and engaging learning experience for people with hearing impairments. Tawasol is a project developed in collaboration between a university-based research group and a charitable foundation. We describe the novel system features specific to Arabic interfaces and signing conventions. Challenges that were faced in the design and development of the software are discussed.


Arabic sign language ArSL Deaf Hearing impairment Assistive technology Education tool 



The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding the work through the research group project number RGP-VPP-157. Special thanks to the developers of Tawasol, Sarah bin Mahfoudh, Abrar Alsumayer, and Rana Alomar. In addition, the authors would like to acknowledge the support of Tawasol-Princess Al-Anoud call center services for the deaf for providing materials, data and suggestions for this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abeer Al-Nafjan
    • 2
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bayan Al-Arifi
    • 2
  • Areej Al-Wabil
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Science Department, College of Computer and Information SciencesImam Mohammed Bin Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.College of Computer and Information SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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