New mobile app gives deaf people wider access to fine arts in Hungary
Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Budapest, Theresa Bubbear, attended the launch of a new sign-language app for mobiles that promises to give deaf people a new perspective on the fine arts.
Launched at Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts, the app, called SzépMűSL (Sign-Language), provides sign-language videos for about 150 paintings from the museum’s collections and about the museum’s building and history. The app was developed by 90 decibel Project, which aims to make arts more accessible to deaf and blind people, in co-operation with MSL Accessibility.
As patron of the 90 decibel Project, Theresa Bubbear said:
This is an opportunity to make a real difference and to give deaf people the access to culture, which so many of us take for granted. This smart phone app is a unique example of how technology can make a difference – both to the people who will use the app and to the Museum itself, which will, I hope, attract a new and wider audience.