10 June 2016
Conexu’s world-first deafblind trial service shortlisted for Australian telco community contribution award
Conexu’s caption-to-braille technology trial for people who are deaf and blind has today been shortlisted for the 2016 ACCOM 'community contribution' award category.
The ACOMM Awards, a collaboration of Communications Alliance and Communications Day, recognise excellence in the wider communications industry, rewarding and profiling companies which have excelled within the industry around the nation, regardless of size, location, and whether service providers, vendors, or suppliers of professional services.
The new trial technology pairs a CapTel (captioned telephone) handset with a Wi-Fi braille display, allowing people who are deaf and have low/no vision to make and receive phone calls.
Braille CapTel is being trialled in three states by the national non-profit organisation Conexu, which develops and promotes communications technology for deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired people.
Five Deafblind people in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have been provided with a CapTel handset and braille display, as well as training and ongoing outreach support by Conexu.
The Australian trial is being mirrored in the United States by CapTel developer Ultratec.
Award winners will be announced on 20th July 2016 in Sydney.
“Many deafblind people have had a life (or large segments of life) of isolation, loneliness, boredom, frustration, communication difficulties and breakdowns, unemployment, and the frustration of relying on support workers for simple tasks. The loss and grief is ongoing … they worry about accommodation, support, safety, and more years of loneliness and isolation.” - Able Australia report, 2009