There are over 7.5 million deaf people in the world who do not do without a sign language interpreter in their daily communication with authorities or doctors. The problem, however, is that in many countries around the world, there are up to 300 deaf people per interpreter. So they wait weeks for their services. That’s what Deafcom wants to do.
This Czech technological startup has created software for arranging online sign language interpretation and spoken word transcription, which is already running in Poland, Croatia and Slovakia. In our country, it is used by Česká spořitelna, Raiffeisenbank and the Prague authorities. Cooperation is currently planned in Portugal, Malaysia, Kenya, Nigeria and Iceland. By the end of 2022, it is planned to expand cooperation with organizations in twenty countries in Europe, Asia and South America so that by the end of 2025, the platform will be used by one million deaf people worldwide.
Deafcom application (free for Android, iOS, web) facilitates communication for the deaf and hard of hearing, so that the presence of an interpreter effectively replaces the possibility of connecting to the person by video call or in the form of an online transcript. The user does not pay anything. This is up to organizations and companies that integrate the platform.
This saves the time of everyone involved. In addition, each country has its own sign language (so it is not universal, as many people think). That is why interpreters cannot be used globally. In the Czech Republic, online interpreting into sign language is available every working day from 9 am to 5 pm, after agreement with the selected interpreter at other times. Interpreter reservations can be made through the application. But count on the necessary login.