Meta has provided additional services to its Portal video calling devices. The service targets users with hearing problems to use sign languages with family members and co-workers easily by relying on English or Spanish sign language interpreters who take part in the video conversations.
Video calling can be free for those who qualify to benefit from the service. People who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, Speech-Disabled or have hearing loss can communicate in real-time with hearing people using a sign language interpreter provided by ASL (The American Sign Language). Interpreters will be available 24/7.
This service is introduced by Meta in collaboration with ZP Better Together. ZP Better Together is an international tech firm that specializes in providing communication solutions for Deaf and hard-of-hearing users.
According to Meta Head of Accessibility, Mike Sherbanek “Today, ZP and Meta are introducing a powerful new experience for people who use American Sign Language. The combination of ZP’s apps and video relay service with the Portal’s AI-powered Smart Camera that automatically keeps people in frame is game-changing. It delivers simplicity, connectivity, and the freedom to move and communicate using both hands.” – Mike Shebanek, Meta Head of Accessibility
For those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, they can apply and receive a Portal for free at portal.zpvrs.com.