12th April 2001




A former bricklayer is putting the finishing touches to a piece of teaching software for deaf children.


David Sheppard (32), a mature student in the final-year of his Games, Simulation and Virtual Reality degree at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has designed the software with support from local hearing organisations.


The software is based on the sign language alphabet but has been designed in such a way that it is fun to children. The interfaces are brightly coloured and easy-to-use and the hands have been modelled on David’s own hands. The software also includes functions to help children with dyslexia.


“The games industry really appealed to me – it’s fast-moving with lots of opportunities for success,” said David from Mablethorpe who was a bricklayer for 11 years before deciding on a complete career change. He studied Computer Aided Design at Grimsby College before joining the university.


David is no stranger to sign language - he has spent time communicating with a friend’s young deaf daughter. “ I realised that there was a gap in the market for fun, easy-to-use learning software,” said David. “Children love using computers so I’m sure that they will be able to enjoy learning.”


Senior Lecturer Mark Doughty commented: “I’m really impressed with the standard of David’s work and I’m sure that he will have a successful career in the industry.”


“This is the first year that students will graduate from Games Simulation and Virtual Reality, so I’m looking forward to hearing their news.”


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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