How is video technology opening up opportunities for the disabled?
Mobility, self-care and transportation may not be among our biggest concerns but for people with disabilities, these simple things can impose superlative challenges. Apart from these, there are social challenges as well that make differently-able persons perceive inferior in compared to their non-disabled counterparts. They are often confined to special schools and are judged skeptically on the job arenas. Technology, especially, the video technology is promisingly opening up greater opportunities in front of people suffering from various forms of disabilities.
Video Enabled Learning Solutions for the differently-abled
According to the UNESCO Global Report, 2013, nearly 1 billion people worldwide, live with a disability, among which around 150 million are school-aged children. Most of these children are denied educational opportunities and even fail to complete their primary education. The video technology, integrated into the assistive technology can transform into effective learning solution, helping people with disabilities to eliminate most hurdles. The video enabled classroom solutions or Smart Classroom Solutions augments the existing curriculum to a great extent making it accessible to all students irrespective of all physical or sensory ailments they might be having. Video-enabled learning solutions encourage the virtual classrooms which don’t involve transportation for knowledge acquisition. The children suffering from physical, mental or sensory disabilities are not comfortable when moved out of their home. They can be home-schooled under proper supervision of their caregivers and parents. The curriculum designed for the differently-able students can be enhanced with the inclusion of assistive features like screen readers, screen enlargements, text-to-speech, closed captioning and so on. Virtual peer interactions through video conferencing encourage exchange of views, aids in perceiving ideas. This adds up to the enhanced curriculum for helping the learner come out of depression, boredom and loneliness, generally creeps in when one lives with a disability for long.
Video-enabled Healthcare delivery for the disabled
The increasing expense, locational divergence and increasing complexities have compelled people suffering from disabilities and their caregivers shift toward self-management of the Healthcare delivery. They are now more ardently organizing, monitoring and tracking the outcomes. Telehealthcare has opened up newer and better dimension in disability treatment. With least mobility, it is easy to connect with remote doctors and therapists. The caregivers can receive remote training on efficient handling and disability care.
Video-enabled banking for the disabled
Video-enabled banking solutions are preparing a foreground for the people with mobility infirmity to manage their financial accountability. People suffering from mobility impairment can utilize video banking solutions for carrying out financial transactions from their homes. The Barclay Bank in the UK was the first bank to interpret Sign Video into virtual banking for their customers with hears speaking disabilities.
Video creating employment options for the disabled
Video connectivity has opened up newer employment options for people living with a certain level of disabilities. NTI (National Telecommunications Institute) is an US-based non-profit organization that helps in the employment of the disabled across the country. These people are employed as remote workers and are working as freelance writers, medical transcripts, call center employees, affiliate marketers, survey workers and mystery shoppers.(Disabledworld.com). They are now challenging and the winning the hurdles that life have imposed on them by getting hired. Thanks to the flexibility that incorporation of the video has provided to the employment arena.
We, at PeopleLink, have thought out of the box and incorporated video into regular business processes. This has lent flexibility to the businesses and helped in becoming easily accessible to the end-user, even if they are suffering from disabilities. We have utilized WebRTC technology, to make video conferencing just a “click away” from the user. No downloads, no plugins, no costly peripherals, the users can connect from their mobile devices, iPads or laptops. Get in touch with PeopleLink to know about the latest innovations in the domain of video conferencing technology and how positively are these impacting the lives of people from all walks of life.