- Apr 17, 2021
The Archdiocese of Portland learns from its deaf community.
Sister Kathleen Schipani found many existing apps for learning American Sign Language, but there were none dedicated to religious terms, daily devotions or prayers. So she created one, an app called Religious Signs for Families.
Sister Kathleen Schipani says that while there are apps for learning ASL, there is nothing dedicated to religious terms, daily devotions or prayers of blessing, love, thanks and praise. The app meant to fill that gap is called, “Religious Signs for Families,” and will be available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play in early November.
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