New App for the Deaf Community will include Emergency Alerts

Post by: Kim Stephens

A new mobile app called “Engage”  is touted as the “first ever mobile App for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” and delivers content in American Sign Language. Their website states:

Engage is a wireless community for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Engage features content for the Deaf; submitted by the Deaf; in order to engage the Deaf. Individuals who’ve already downloaded the Engage app are encouraged to submit tips regarding Deaf news and activities happening in their own communities and E-View will share that information based on GPS location of each member.

As a person interested in emergency preparedness, I find the Emergency Alerts feature intriguing. The key components are visual as well as sensory cues, including vibration and flashing on the user’s Smart Phone when an alert is sent; and location based alerts so that the user doesn’t have to”… manually sign up with municipalities or update your location when you travel.”

See these videos below that desribe both the App and the emergency feature.

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6 Responses to New App for the Deaf Community will include Emergency Alerts

  1. Hi, some people have expressed concerns with privacy issues – @NeilMcD and @XpressiveHandz.

  2. kim26stephens says:

    Thanks Steph, yes, I’m seeing the reaction on Twitter as well. It seems this App has some real issues. Neal McDevitt stated: “I’ve suggested to developers to separate emerg. info from marketing program. So far, lukewarm response.” He also said: “They currently require everyone to sign up with personal info.”
    It looks to me as if these issues will be fixed before it will be widely adopted. If the private sector wants to fill this need (the public sector has not created anything like this that I know of) then they will have to address these very real concerns.

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  6. Thank you for posting this article for people to read in regards to Engage. I am the Social Media Director for Engage and wanted to respond accordingly to the comments made above re: privacy concerns.

    Please know that at Engage, we are committed to providing our members with an excellent product. We wanted to share that the reason we have the ‘message and data rates may apply’ is because some people do not have unlimited text and data plans, and because we send our messages through text, we want people to be aware of this potential charge. We currently are paying the phone companies to send our messages for us.

    Please also know that the reason we ask for information is to ensure that all of our messages are relevant. For example, we do not want to send a message designed for a man to a woman, and vice versa. There are many different examples we could list here, but that’s simply one. We will not sell anyone’s information – it’s secured and not accessible to anyone.

    Please feel free to take a look at our Terms and Conditions page at

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at

    Thank you,
    Corey Axelrod

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