Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility

Technology and services for hearing impaired

VerbaVoice offers an innovative online interpreting technology as well as full services for deaf and hard of hearing people: enabling students to equally participate in class; accessible events with captions, interpreting and live-stream.

“My vision is 100% accessibility to knowledge, information and education for all deaf and hard of hearing people worldwide.”

Michaela NACHTRAB
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:VerbaVoice
Organisation:VerbaVoice GmbH
Country
of origin
Germany
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with hearing impairments
Approach/ model/ solution:Mobile accessible online interpreting

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Leading technology for accessibility in education and events for persons with hearing impairments
  • 2,000 interpreting hours per month
  • Pool of 180 speech-to-text & sign language interpreters for 10 languages

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Persons with hearing impairments still face various barriers in education and access to information. Only by 100% visualization / interpreting of spoken content an equal participation in our society is possible.

PROJECT

VerbaVoice developed an innovative distant, internet-based interpreting system. For students and trainees with hearing impairments the online service offers mobile access to information and enables full participation in knowledge society. VerbaVoice also offers live text and sign language video to enable accessibility in events, conferences, meetings etc.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

The solutions of VerbaVoice are used now by many local and international organizations in Europe as well as hundreds persons with hearing impairments. The system can be used with many different devices like smartphones, tablet-PC and laptops. The services are free of charge for deaf and hard of hearing users.
The developer team of VerbaVoice is still working on many innovative projects, for example solutions for deaf-blind people and full automatic assistance.

verbavoice_universitätAt university students with hearing impairments use the online service which enables full participation in knowledge society.
CONTACT

Ms. Silke WEIGELE
VerbaVoice GmbH
Germany
s.weigele@verbavoice.de
www.verbavoice.de

EXPERT VOTING

voted   
Top marks from:
• all voters
• EU voters
• NGO voters
Top marks for:
• access to ICT

Nominated by: Laura HAVERKAMP, Ashoka Deutschland gGmbH

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