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Endangered Language: How Technology May Replace Braille and Sign

Mar 16, 2016

A transcript of this show is available here.

It's hard to think about language as being endangered or replaceable. But as our culture and means of communication evolve, certain languages find their utility in decline. Braille and sign language are in just such a predicament.

Technological advancements such as Voice-to-text, digital audio, and the cochlear implant have steadily decreased the demand for these once revolutionary facilitators for the disabled. This hour, we'll hear from members of the hearing and visually impaired communities about this controversial shift in their culture.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.