9-Aug-19 | News

Improving accessibility for one group improves accessibility for all, in ways we can’t always predict

All Technology Assists

Some critics argue that it’s silly to categorise some technology as “assistive” and other technology as simply “technology.” All technology assists its users, whether we classify them as “disabled” or not.  As Sara Hendren wrote in WIRED:

“Honestly — what technology are you using that’s not assistive? Your smartphone? Your eyeglasses? Headphones? And those three examples alone are assisting you in multiple registers: They’re enabling or augmenting a sensory experience, say, or providing navigational information.

Not only is mainstream technology assistive, technology designed for those with legally protected disabilities often helps those without them. Or, more generally, improving accessibility for one group improves accessibility for all, in ways we can’t always predict. Click here to read more about this article

Nowadays, subtitles are no longer just for the hard of hearing! An enormous number of people without hearing impairment are choosing to watch with words. Why?

  • Removes language barrier. There are a lot of people who speak English as a second language. Being able to read captions as well as hear what’s being said, can make it a lot easier for people to understand.
  • So they can watch something in a loud environment or even without distracting others.
  • When the audio speakers on a device aren’t loud enough
  • For taking notes from educational or resource videos

Have you ever thought of having a live captioning or a live translation system at events, during work meetings or in the classroom?

There are many people who have some sort of hearing impairment and most of them rely on written forms of communication.

Providing captions and transcriptions at the events, during telephone conference meetings via computer and/or in the classroom enhances the quality of the communication. It ensures everyone can accurately comprehend your message and provides a service that allows for inclusivity and creates an accessible environment for everyone. Additionally, it promotes a positive atmosphere and a greater level of communication. Having a live translation system removes language barriers by providing written translations of the spoken words in real-time.

Our speech to text platform produces spoken words in a compatible web-browser format for people who struggle with listening comprehension in teleconference calls via computer, conferences and lecture rooms.

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