Synchronous, in-vision, sign language translations on any webpage for any deaf sign language user
- Sign languages are structurally different from written and spoken languages
- Deaf people who use sign language often consider it to be their first language
- Lower English proficiency (LEP) means essential content in written form can be incomprehensible
- A shortage of interpreters (1:75 in the UK) doesn’t help
- As a result, deaf people may need to rely on friends and family
Deaf people are often excluded from access to essential content.
Organisations don’t always know the best way to break down barriers and realise their ambition to be Deaf-friendly. It’s difficult to know what to do and how to do it.
But organisations must provide equal access. Ignoring this is risky and there could be penalties for opting out. Plus there’s a social and financial ‘cost of doing nothing’.
It’s easy to forget that just because it’s written doesn’t mean it’s understood.
Barriers like this can result in Deaf customers being disadvantaged or feeling like second class citizens.
Meet Signly, powered by Microsoft Azure - fully managed Sign Language as a Service (SLaaS).
Website owners will find the process of integrating with Signly easy; it's is a low-code, one-time process of about 30 minutes.
Signly captures the text of the homepage and sends it straight to Signly Studio. Content is captured in record time in the home studios of highly qualified deaf sign language translators.
Our technology then checks daily for site updates and new content is rapidly recorded.
If a page isn't translated, deaf users can select ‘Request Translation’. Once translated, the content is available for all users.
Why use Signly?
Blind and low vision users access content online using screen readers. Wouldn't it be great if there was a sign language ‘screen reader’ for Deaf users?
Signly’s allows Deaf customers to self-serve, making access to sign language easy – an integrated part of the way an organisation does business. Users choose the best channel for them to access sign language.
Corporates now have more ways to fulfil their passion for inclusion, removing barriers so Deaf customers get the same level of service as everyone else.
What deaf sign language users say
- It's fantastic! It needs to happen! It's a big help because many deaf communicate in BSL. It's very unusual to have clear signing against the English, it also makes English more concise and understandable, the concept can be clearly understood and also can be clicked on again for clarification which is very good.
- This is the type of thing we've been fighting for a long time so I'm very excited about this.
- The main thing is accessibility, like I feel normal. I feel like my hearing peers. I feel like I'm included in the world, I feel like I'm on the same level. CODAs for example, children of deaf adults, it gives that child the freedom not to have to help out on adult things. Having Signly is incredible. Yeah it would make life so much easier.
- Signly allows me full and clear access to the information, respecting my rights. I feel Signly gives us extra access to the information. For example, a bank will offer Braille services to a blind person, but Signly will offer sign language services to a deaf person simultaneously with a script.