Actiview created the first ASL interpretation for a live-action U.S. film.
“So many of us spend hours a day binge-watching content on Netflix, on Hulu, on every platform you can think of. And sometimes we forget that it’s not that easy for a lot of people,” the app’s founder Alex Koren explained.
Actiview provides tools for people with disabilities. It offers different options for featured movies, like closed captioning, language translations, audio descriptions, and amplified audio. Users can open the app, select a movie, pick a service, and the app will automatically sync to your exact spot in the movie by listening to the film’s audio.
The app recently partnered with entertainment company Lionsgate as well as model and disability activist Nyle DiMarco to provide ASL interpretations for the 2017 film “Wonder.” The film tells the story of a boy with mandibulofacial dysostosis who struggles to fit in at his new elementary school.
Approximately 8 million Americans have a vision impairment and 7.6 million have a hearing impairment.
“The number of emails that I’ve gotten from a parent of a blind child, or a deaf person that have been left out of the movies for years,” Koren said. “Someone went to the military and lost their sight ten years ago and wasn’t able, didn’t know how to watch movies, that say, oh my God, Actiview’s now enabling me to go and enjoy movies the way I want to. I feel included again.”