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Visualfy News 14/02/2017

Deaf Community

VISUALFY BETA TESTERS

Good afternoon:

Today we want to inform you about the current situation of Visualfy and the benefits of our DSS.

What is the DSS and what is it for?

The DSS is a system of identification and notification of sounds. Its function is to increase the security and the tranquility in the surroundings of a deaf person and to improve its autonomy in spaces of public concurrence.

The system through some microphones distributed throughout the home, collects the sound information and sends it adapted to the smartphone, the clock, the TV or where the user decides.

This way, if the doorbell rings, the phone can be lit green by showing a bell, or if your child cries, your phone, the clock and the TV can warns you showing a yellow visual alert with a pacifier or in red with a flame, if it is the fire alarm.

When can I buy it and what is its price?

Last January we started the process of industrialization, once we collected the feedback of the first "Beta Testers", the first step was to select the highest quality components for our system and at the same time, various designs were proposed with the help of a specialized company.

Once we will have the models of the first three designs, we will meet again with the group of users "Beta Testers" to choose the final design.

The months of June, July and August will open the shopping platform to be able to buy the DSS, but only the first 200 reserves will have access. These first 200 users will not only benefit from a 10% discount on the final price of the DSS, but also give us their opinions and suggestions to improve the system day after day. And to top it off, for all of them there will be a very special surprise.

The mission of Visualfy is to improve the quality of life and autonomy of people with hearing loss through technology, offering them a more secure environment and adapted to their needs, thus facilitating their inclusion in society.

That is why we are committed to the latest technology with the highest quality, safety comes first. We still do not know the definitive price, but we estimate that it will approach the 400€.

We are currently working with the Federations to see what types of grants exist to subsidize the price of the device. For example in the Valencian Community will be returned from 50 to 90% of the price depending on the degree of disability of the user.

Week by week we will give you more information, you can also follow our news leaving us your email in www.visualfy.es

If you want to be "Beta Tester" you can make the reservation of the DSS through our website, partial paying 50€. Remember only the first 200 can benefit from this offer.


WHY DEAF CHILDREN MUST LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE?

Drisana, an Australian girl, was the first deaf user of Auslan (Australian Sign Language) to perform her duty as a juror, and she continually speaks of deafness from a positive point of view.

She is proud to be deaf and defends the concept of "gain of deafness" and not "hearing loss." It inspires the Deaf Community and encourages society to accept diversity.

In the year 2015, Drisana was awarded with the Australian Young of the year Prize, which recognized her passion and dedication in defending the human rights of deaf people, raising awareness about Auslan, and the rights of deaf children in Australia to learn Auslan from birth.


ADOLESCENTS CREATE A VEST FOR DEAF PEOPLE

In Vigo (Galicia), students of 16 years of the institute of FP Montecastelo have created a special vest for deaf people who do not communicate by means of lip-reading. This smart vest contains sensors that vibrate when they pick up the sounds, so it should be placed under the clothes.

The person responsible for this project explains that, for example, deaf people could receive the horn signal from the car thanks to the engines of the vest would receive the sound and send a signal to the user.

The project, which is the first designed by such young people, is part of an investigation in which the institute works. Currently, they are in the second phase of recognition of sentences and words to improve the quality of life of deaf people.


CIVIL GUARDS PREPARE IN ALMUSSAFES TO BREAK THE COMMUNICATION BARRIERS WITH DEAF PEOPLE

On January 27th, Almussord President Jorge Fernández, accompanied by a Sign Language Interpreter, gave a talk at the Almussafes Civil Guard barracks. The objective of the conference was to sensitize agents to the serious communication barriers that deaf people have and, with the help of all social partners, can be eliminated. To do this, the attendees learned how to attend a deaf person during a possible crime or if he goes to the barracks or the police station to file a demand.

In addition, the talk, called "Hands that speak", made a brief tour of history, culture and deaf community.


THE CITY COUNCIL REQUESTS THE INCLUSION OF THE SPANISH SIGN LANGUAGE IN THE STATUTE OF AUTONOMY OF THE CANARY ISLANDS

All the political groups supported in the ordinary plenary session an institutional declaration requesting the amendment of the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands so that the Sign Language is recognized as a right.

For its part, the Federation of Associations of Deaf people of the Canary Islands (FASICAN) has been asking for recognition of the rights and duties of citizens and guaranteed the use of the Spanish Sign Language and the equality of deaf people of their communicate choice in this language, which must be taught, protected and respected.

This institutional statement also includes the need for the Canary Islands Statute to require the public authorities to guarantee the use of Sign Language, and to remove communication barriers between deaf people and public administrations.

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