Deaf Bible 2.0 Adds 10 Sign Languages and Innovative New Design for Enhanced Visual Experience

Most popular Bible app for the Deaf continues groundbreaking technological advancements

Mar 31, 2014, 11:35 ET from Faith Comes By Hearing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deaf Bible was originally released in November 2012 with American Sign Language (ASL) as the only translation available on the app. Even with just one translation, it quickly became one of the most popular Deaf apps in the market and has been downloaded and used in countries all over the world. With the release of Deaf Bible 2.0, the app will include 10 additional sign language translations that represent a potential outreach to more than 7.2 million people that use these languages.  The redesign features a completely new look and feel through a fully video-centric experience that was designed by and for the Deaf user. The app's technology and user interface clearly stand out for its use of icons in place of text and its unique sign language-based navigation, which makes the app more user friendly for those whose primary form of communication is sign.

"This is an amazing step forward to have a product for the Deaf be created with full participation and input from those in the Deaf community," states JR Bucklew, director of Deaf Bible. Bucklew is a CODA (child of Deaf adults). While hearing, he learned to sign prior to speaking and therefore considers ASL as his heart language.

"It has been incredible to watch the popularity of this app grow," continues Bucklew. "And now we're able to expand with more translations and a distinct design that will make the Deaf Bible app a truly unique offering not only for the Deaf, but within the app world in general."

While the iconic imagery and complete video navigation throughout the app will surely enhance the user experience, Deaf Bible is most excited to make Scripture available in more sign languages.  They are extremely grateful for strong partnerships with many national Bible Societies, as well as ministries like Deaf Missions and DOOR International, who created these video translations that are now available on the app and at  Moreover, they are excited as other partners come forward and want to make their translations available globally through mobile technology.

"This outreach for the Deaf is really just beginning," says Bucklew. "We envision the day when every sign language has its own translation and the Bible is readily available for all the Deaf to see."

Deaf Bible is powered by the Digital Bible Platform, which is the world's largest resource of digital Scripture content. The platform was created by Faith Comes By Hearing, who offers free access to this content via apps, downloads, podcasts, Internet radio and satellite TV. Approved developers, broadcasters and ministries can also have free access to this content to incorporate into their apps, software, websites and radio/TV programs.

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