The Trinidad-based Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) says it is now close to implementing the Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS), which enables deaf people to communicate directly via the free Personal Universal Communicator (PUC) application.
It said the service, which also provides sight assistance for the blind, has the potential to revolutionise the way in which people with disabilities (PWDs) communicate with each other and hearing and sighted people.
The CTU said the new initiative is a collaboration between itself and VTCSecure that uses a technological platform to facilitate communication, without expensive equipment, via an individual’s smart phone, computer or wireless device from virtually anywhere.
VTCSecure is a global company that provides secure On-Demand, Video, Voice & Text Call Centre Services.
“This initiative requires the involvement and support from people with disabilities and the organisations that serve them, governments, network operators, regulators and corporate citizens,” CTU said, adding that sign Language interpreters are needed to work as on-line agents and that PWDs will be required to test the service.