Video conferencing technology enhancements seem to arise every single day, with companies finding new ways to optimize workflow and improve communication within the workplace and beyond. These perks can include anything from streamlining business meetings to increase efficiency and take less time, to engaging remote employees to establish a sense of connectivity across teams. In addition to the usual benefits most people keep top of mind when selecting their videoconferencing technology are a handful of additional benefits that are often overlooked. One prominent perk that is not widely discussed when it comes to AV tech is the powerful effects it can have on people with disabilities.

 

A solution for hearing impairment

More than five percent of the world’s population suffers from disabling hearing loss. While there are several solutions created for the office and education space to assist those with hearing loss, using high tech video technology instantly allows this group of individuals to communicate using sign language.

In both the workplace and in an educational setting, this feature allows those with hearing loss to participate and engage, whether it’s in real time by jumping in during a meeting or after class chatting with a sign language translator about a topic they may not have fully understood.

We are confident that there are solutions on the horizon which will be able to digitally translate sign language hand motions into written or spoken words in your language of choice as well. This space will only continue to flourish with innovative tech to assist this group of people.

 

A solution for those who are paralyzed

More than five million people live with some form of functional paralysis. These individuals have lost the ability to use anything from one small portion of a limb to their entire body from the neck down.

Technology has had a massive impact for those with physical disabilities in a range of life-enhancing ways, including helping to create a more normal life for them by enabling more career opportunities. Videoconferencing tech plays a big role in doing so, as it allows for employees to feel as if they are sitting right across the table from their colleagues (PanaCast, in particular!).

This causes engagement for remote employees to skyrocket, while also creating a more prominent sense of connection among colleagues.

 

Making meetings more accessible

Most video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, BlueJeans and Google Hangouts are optimized for mobile and tablet devices as well, making it accessible for those suffering from either hearing impairment or a physical disability to connect and participate with peers and colleagues from anywhere in the world.

Our PanaCast Whiteboard solution takes collaboration to the next level by digitizing what is written on an existing whiteboard of any size or shape, as long as it is visible by the PanaCast camera (which is capable of 100 percent room coverage!). This gives those working or learning from a distance a better view of the activity going on in the meeting.

Distance learning and education for those with disabilities is greatly enhanced with the videoconferencing solutions available in the modern world. We are thrilled to be a part of this revolution that helps create a more normal day-to-day for those with disabilities and look forward to more advanced solutions to come.

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