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Monday, October 20, 2014

Lip Reading Challenge: Guest Post by James Story from Chums

I want to thank James Story for graciously accepting my request to share what Chums has created. Chums challenges us to 4 different lip reading exercises. Read about the challenge and see how well you do.


As part of UK Deaf Awareness Week in May, Chums launched an interactive lip reading challenge to test people and see how well they could lip read ten videos of different people speaking directly to a camera. All you need to do is select one of four possible answers to identify what was said. The challenge is also timed, so you get to see how accurately you can lip read as well as how long it takes you to work out what’s being said.

Lip reading is a fundamental method of communication which you may think is quite easy. However, as you’ll see, when people speak less explicitly you may end up taking longer than expected to work out what our volunteers are saying. The challenge was made to cast a light on some of the difficulties that those who are deaf or hard hearing face every day.

So far, the challenge has been a massive success. More than 9,000 people took the challenge during Deaf Awareness Week and since then more than 13,000 people have took the challenge and shared it with their friends. With roughly 1 in every 500 people in the US being functionally deaf, we’re pleased to help raise awareness and invite you to take part in the lip reading challenge to test your skills and see just how well you do! Take the challenge here http://www.chums.co.uk/blog/?page_id=601