Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Deaffie Eddie Freddie

A new teddy bear is in development that would help kids learn sign language. An Irish teenager came up with the idea. Katie McCarthy is talking with manufacturing companies in both the UK and US about mass producing Deaffie Eddie Freddie. A child can press pictures on a screen located on the bear’s body and its movable fingers will sign the word. Katie got the idea from talking with a woman whose daughter was the same age as her sister. They met in a toy store and the woman told Katie how hard it is to find toys designed for deaf children. After hearing the story, she told one paper "I was almost reduced to tears. I thought it was so sad because my little sister has so much choice."