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New app increases accessibility for deaf children at Werribee Zoo

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A new mobile app that improves access for deaf and hard of hearing children to the Werribee Open Range Zoo has just been launched.
Through the new OpenMi Excursions app, deaf children can now access walking trail and safari bus content through its Auslan videos and captions. 
The application is part of the Smart Auslan for Education Project and the result of a partnership between the Victorian Deaf Education Institute, the Australian Communication Exchange and Werribee Open Range Zoo. 
Deaf children may simply hire a kit as soon as they arrive with their family and/or friends and visually take in information on animals’ history, habitats and habits. 
VDEI and ACE are continuing discussions on improving the app and identifying the venues which would benefit student excursions being made available with this exciting access initiative and technology.
For more information about the app or to download it view: OpenMi Tours in iTunes
To read the media release view: New app to help deaf children enjoy our zoo