Communication with people with deaf-blindness during COVID-19

The forearm of a woman extends with the palm of her hand facing up. The hand of a man, with the palm facing down and the index finger slightly bended, approaches the woman's hand.
 

COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted the way we all relate and communicate. Due to social distancing, virtual tools have become more prevalent for working, studying, staying informed and communicating with family and friends, just to mention a few areas. For certain people, such as those with deaf-blindness, distancing presents great challenges for communication.

Angela Roth, ASL Services Holdings CEO, Named Puerto Rican Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at The 7th Women Who Lead Summit

Angela Roth, with abundan black hair, big black eyes smiles. She wears a black jacket over a purple top.
 

Our dear friend Angela Roth, CEO of ASL Services Holdings, is presented with the Puerto Rican Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award at The 7th Women Who Lead SummitTM, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding female entrepreneurship and business leadership in the Puerto Rican Latino community.

Protactile a way for deaf-blind people to communicate through touch

two hands extended facing up
 

Have you ever wondered how people who are deaf-blind communicate among themselves? There are diverse communication methods that use, for example, variations of sign language, tactile alphabets or Braille displays. The disadvantage of those methods is that most of them require of an interpreter and the methods themselves limit the spontaneity of a conversation. That started to change in 2007, when a group of deaf-blind people in Seattle thought of a way of interacting directly among themselves. 

Canal 22 Internacional Launches Clip Promoting Weekend Accessible Programming Slot

On the right a man does sign language. On the left, over a purple background the  following text: Porque en Canal 22 somos incluyentes
 

Since last year, Canal 22 Internacional offers a programming slot with accessibility on Saturdays and Sundays. To promote it, the station has launched a video clip showcasing the accessibility features in action.  Ricardo López, a fantastic member of our advisory group, who is deaf and works at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf at Gallaudet University, joined the effort by bringing ASL to the table. Now the video clip es accessible for all! 

GoCC4All technology training at the Helen Keller National Center

2 women seated in front of a table touching Braille displays.
 

Last month Dicapta Foundation's development team visited the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) for a new training session of our GoCC4All technology. GoCC4All is a solution that integrates hardware and software to deliver TV captions to a Braille display. 

Doctor Juanita Rodriguez presents results of 2 of our Accessibility Projects at Edulearn18

Dr. Juanita Rodriguez
 

Doctor Juanita Rodriguez is presenting the results of our projects "Captions and Video Description: Educational Tools for Hispanic Children with Disabilities," and "DAD: A collaborative platform to encourage learning through creativity and dialogue" at Edulearn18 this week. She will be sharing the project's results with academics from around the world during the Special Education session.