Silents Tweet Designed To Help The Deaf

  • Tweet designed for hearing impaired
  • Free of charge
  • Available Jan 2012

Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) has developed Silent Tweets,a free smartphone application as a visual alert system equivalent to audio broadcast.

This text-based broadcasting system will circulate emergency warning notifications such as building evacuations or disaster announcements to users within a certain geographical area for the time period relevant to the message. The app will allow individuals and organisations to post critical messages which could be life-saving.

Silent Tweets, which is designed on both the iPhone and Android platforms, has broad-reaching ramifications for this group of people, as the common audio or radio announcement is not an accessible way to receive public notifications.

In addition to emergency notifications, public broadcasts will include up-to-date information on traffic congestion, dangerous weather, or alerts at public places like train stations or sporting events previously communicated by audio.

The Silent Tweets app will be available free of charge from the App store mid-January 2012 to coincide with the Australian Deaf Games in Geelong.

Organisations and hearing individuals can assist the Deaf and hearing impaired community to access critical information by broadcasting posts via Silent Tweets.

ACE recently launched another product called Smart Auslan in the first tourist attraction in Australia, the historic Chaffey Trail in Mildura, Victoria.

This key heritage trail allows Deaf and hearing impaired people to access information about the nine tourist locations in captioned Australian sign language (Auslan) videos.