The Owl's girlfriend is deaf, so I am always pleased when I discover someone going the extra mile to make their work more accessible.
In August, iStoryTime, the iPhone App Developer for DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” announced the release of a New App with Sign Language Interpretation for the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book “Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy.”
“We are extremely proud to release the first-ever children’s book app for the deaf community,” said iStoryTime co-Founder, Woody Sears. “Our goal is to use technology to make children’s books accessible and entertaining and we are delighted to be involved in the production of a book that will provide deaf children with the opportunity to read the popular ‘Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy’ story.”
iStoryTime’s book apps, which can be downloaded directly to an iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad, are simple to use and known for their creativity, illustrations, narrations and animation. Several parents I know have recommended the app for younger kids. One feature they like: the narration can also be turned off so that parents can read to kids, or so you can have a little more peace and quiet on long trips.
iStoryTime books are available globally for $.99-$2.99 in the iPhone App Store in 80 countries. For a sneak peak of ‘Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy’ visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bijyi6sO20k.
I did not receive any compensation of any kind for this post (I just think it is a cool app!).