My name is Mariella Satow and I have developed ‘SignUp’ which is a free Google Chrome Extension providing on-screen ASL signing, alongside children’s movies on Disney+.
What a welcome for SignUp!
The response to SignUp has been overwhelming since I launched it a couple of days ago. There have been thousands of visitors to the website, hundreds of likes on social media posts and dozens of emails. Thank you for all the support - the messages, videos, likes, comments, and shares! You’ve made me laugh and happy cry and I’ve been so touched by the incredible warmth and strength of the ASL community. I know we can build this together to be an amazing platform, both for the Deaf community and ASL students, but I need your help!
Where will the funding go?
I have paid for everything so far with money I have made from dog walking - that's a lot of dogs! SignUp is growing at such a rapid rate that I cannot meet the costs on my own and so would appreciate your support! Let’s do this together!
1. Interpreter costs - I aim to have many more movies and TV shows interpreted - I have had so many requests already - I promise ‘Frozen’ is coming! I would also like to have signing for media for an older audience. International expansion means hiring more interpreters from all over the world.
2. Advertising - Ads for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok.
3. Tech development - Expand to Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services. Provide a more supportive user experience. Develop a mobile/tablet version.
Please consider donating to help me develop the platform even more. 100% of donations will go directly to meet these costs - SignUp is free of charge.
My dream is for the impact of SignUp to be as far-reaching as possible and I have already had some international interest.
How SignUp came about
I started learning ASL last year, and soon realized there was a lack of free and engaging learning resources. After further research, I discovered how limited the opportunities were for certain Deaf individuals, especially children, to engage fully with television and movies and decided it was time to change this. I worked with ASL experts and the Deaf community to create SignUp. SignUp enables a viewer to stream a movie and, simultaneously, a small pop-up window will appear with an interpreter signing in ASL. Students can use it for learning and everyone can enjoy movie nights! Currently available to watch: Moana, Zootopia, and The Incredibles.
SignUp's Website: https://www.signupcaptions.com/
How-to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfEwFIljZE8
Link to Download SignUp Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/demo-asl-captions/gbllbjbhbafgdcolenjhdoabdjjbjoom/related
Who am I?
I am a rising senior in high school, and a student of ASL, and I have loved creating SignUp this past year.