The storybook applications built from the VL2 Storybook Creator provide a bilingual reading experience through high-quality storytelling in both sign language and printed text. With the VL2 Storybook Creator, educators and developers are enabled to create their own bilingual storybooks. Educators are provided with training on how to utilize these applications to support the literacy skills of deaf children both in the classroom and at home with lesson plans, classroom activities, and curriculum-based objectives.
From 2013 to 2017:
- The app has been downloaded over 50,000 times.
- The programme has collaborated with eight countries.
- To date, 14 Storybook apps have been published, with more in development.
Since 2012 the programme has expanded to more partners in the United States as well as to partners in Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. These partners include national associations, companies, parent advocacy groups, and other non-profit organizations. Gallaudet University trains key people in each group with the expectation that in turn they will train others. The ultimate goal is to build a global digital library, with storybook applications available in a variety of sign and and written languages, and featuring illustrations by deaf artists and deaf storytellers.