#WATWB – We are the World #Blogfest #RandomActsofKindness, New App for Hearing Impaired – Sign Language

Welcome to the last post for the year for the WATWB – We are the World Blogfest. Each last Friday of the month, a group of writers contribute an article about something good going on in the world to deflect from so much of the negative going on in the world. For this month, I’m sharing my finding of a new App for the hearing impaired.


British High School senior, Mariella Satow, found herself stranded in New York during the pandemic and in between her online school classes she decided she wanted to teach herself how to do sign language. Later, Mariella couldn’t find one streaming platform that added sign language. Her determination to create something for the hearing impaired inspired her to create a Google Chrome Extension called Signup. This is a box that comes up that can be clicked on with some streaming services now that will bring up a sign language interpretation version for the chosen movie compatible with the app.  Since Mariella created this, she is getting many requests for video translations. And since she created the app, others are getting the idea to create ‘Sign’ apps for many more streaming services.


Amazing how it only takes one concerned citizen to open up a new world for the hearing impaired. You can read the complete article at Goodnet HERE.



Here’s an example video of ‘Signup’ catching on with the American Sign Language for Ohio Citizens for Deaf Cultures



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14 thoughts on “#WATWB – We are the World #Blogfest #RandomActsofKindness, New App for Hearing Impaired – Sign Language

  1. I look forward to these big-hearted posts, always something positive. When I read Mariella’s story I thought of the maxim “Necessity is the mother of invention.” But it’s a notch or two above that–so much time and energy beyond.

    Thanks for sharing this + the video, Debby!


  2. Hi Debby – I’d seen this … which is just wonderful – I have a 2nd cousin who teaches and is very involved with deaf children. It’s amazing how people, youngsters in particular, can pick up an idea and create such an innovative and useful app … it’s extraordinary and Mariella will have helped so many with this entrepreneurial product. Thanks – love it … and as Marian says – seeing what we all come up with for these #WATWB posts … cheers Hilary


  3. Saving this. What a clever, important idea.

    BTW, Harmony’s review of PS I Forgive You (on Sally’s website) is wonderful. It reminded me of all the power in that personal story.


  4. That amazing how Mariella just decided to create an app. That is a younger generation thing, I think, since I wouldn’t have a clue! And what an interesting decision to fill her time with something useful that brings people together… besides watching movies and playing video games. Great share. 🙂


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