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Adventure Junkie Shares “Signly” - an Accessibility App for the Deaf

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My guest today is Tim Scannell, of Warwickshire, England. Tim is the “Social Media Ambassador” for an award-winning accessibility app called “Signly”.

As if by magic, Signly displays pre-recorded sign language videos on a user’s cell phone, enabling better access to written content for deaf or hard of hearing sign language users.

Tim himself was born profoundly deaf because of his mother contracting German measles during her pregnancy. 

He’s passionate about

  • Building his business blog, www.CommAccess.net, developed for people who are d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing,
  • Researching and learning about new technology that aids communication,
  • All things football including working on and off as a football scout, and
  • Seeing deaf people being treated with equality, particularly in the work place. 

Since the age of fourteen, Tim has enjoyed visiting other countries.  After graduating from university, he continued to travel; he has a few stories to tell including saving a drowning girl in California and escaping the clutches of a kidnapper between Israel and Jordan!

Tim’s role with Signly includes demonstrating the app to various clients and companies; keeping up to date with social inclusion and accessibility issues - which included attending the European Union Social Innovators Competition; promoting the app via social media and presenting at various conferences and events.

Tim is clearly passionate about seeing Signly used to improve the lives of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  His hobbies include Sky-diving, playing some sports and networking with people.

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