How do we convey the beauty of sign language to the world at large? Austin Vaday welcomes us into the rich culture of American sign language and shares his efforts to bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities. Austin Vaday is a 21-year-old software engineer, innovator, and entrepreneur. After becoming deaf at the age of 3 , Austin has proved to the world that disabilities are super-powers, not disadvantages. At only 17 years of age, Austin experienced his first of four software engineering internships at NASA and Amazon. When he was 19 years old, Austin co-founded a startup, Aquaint, a tool for social media discovery and organization. Currently a Computer Science student at UCLA, his technical skill-set includes web, iOS, and backend development. In May 2017, Austin started Signs For Humanity, a social media initiative that seeks to spread the beauty of sign language with all of humanity. In just 6 short months, his educational videos have generated over 3.5 million views and have been watched from all around the world. Some say that Austin’s true talent is not in his technical ability, but in his ability to inspire and motivate others.” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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