“Sign language interpreters appear via the app, as if the visitor had brought their own interpreter along in their pocket.”
According to the British Deaf Association, up to 250,000 people in Great Britain alone use some sign language in their daily life. Yet most of the museums and galleries are not independently accessible for this group. Signly offers a new, effective and affordable way to be accessible.
The visitor simply opens the app and points it at a Signly logo to play the relevant video. Sign language interpreters appear via the app, as if the visitor had brought their own interpreter along in their pocket.
Signly was conceived by Mark Applin, founder of Intermedia, and Deafax, a charity committed to transforming the lives of deaf people through technology. The Roald Dahl Museum supported the creation of the app and facilitated on-site user testing to improve the app experience.
In 2016, Signly was nominated for a LIA in the category ‘Best Language Software / App 2015’.