People for whom sign language is their first, preferred or only language have diverse literacy levels. Signly challenges the idea that English-only websites adequately serve sign language users – some people don’t or can’t easily use English.
I was born Deaf. I'm not oral. My education was in sign language. I can't acquire English even if I wanted to. In what sense is English my second language?!
- According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages.
- Sign languages are not merely spoken or written languages conveyed through hand signals; they have unique structural elements.
- For many deaf individuals, sign language is their primary means of communication, their first language.
- Lower English proficiency (LEP) can make essential content in written form inaccessible to them.
- Coupled with a chronic shortage of interpreters, some deaf individuals often find themselves having to rely on friends and family for help.
Through our service, organizations can now easily break down these barriers, providing equal access to content, and reducing the risk of penalties associated with non-compliance. The costs of not addressing this issue are not just financial but social as well.
Using Signly is easy
- Its low-code and one-time integration process takes about 10 minutes
- Signly captures your homepage text and sends it to Signly Studio
- Our proficient deaf sign language translators swiftly record the content in their home studios
- Any site updates or new content are checked daily and recorded promptly, ensuring that your content is always accessible
- It even provides an option for users to request translations of pages not yet translated.
Imagine having a sign language 'screen reader' for Deaf users just like screen readers for the blind and low-vision users! Signly makes this possible, allowing Deaf customers to self-serve and effortlessly access sign language - an integral part of an organization's operations.
Addressing the often overlooked issue of accessibility for deaf people online, Signly is a game-changer, taking strides to transform your website into a deaf-friendly platform.