Caribbean Video Assistance Services to enhance communication of persons with disabilities through ICTs
The Caribbean Telecommunications Union and VTC Secure proposed the implementation of a new service to enable people with visual or hearing impairments to better communicate with the support of ICTs. The Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS) uses a non-expensive tech platform via smartphone, computer or wireless devices.
The communication is enabled using a Personal Universal Communication app that supports persons with hearing and visual impairments to exchange information with all types of users either through interpreters, video assistance or automatic voice to text conversion.
According to the head of the CTU, “to empower persons with disabilities, it requires the involvement of Governments, Persons with disabilities and the Organizations that serve them, ICT Service Providers, Network Operators, Regulators and the support of corporate citizens, with whom the CTU is prepared to facilitate.”