Veneto, launch of a LIS video remote interpreting service
The offices of some Municipalities in the province of Venice will soon be accessible to deaf people thanks to VEASYT, an innovative startup, a spinoff from Ca’ Foscari University. Municipalities that have activated VEASYT Live! will make use of a professional video remote interpreting service in LIS (Italian Sign Language) and 15 verbal languages, with an interpreter available online less than three minutes after the request is made, thus allowing hearing impaired citizens and foreign non-native speakers to interact with public institutions.
Mira is the first Municipality to adopt the new service and others, such as Monastier, are following suit.
“I believed in the project from the start, a project developed by young people from our area and by Ca’ Foscari University”, said the mayor of Mira, Marco Dori. “We must be the first ones to believe in our many excellences. For this reason, I strongly wanted, together with deputy mayor Gabriele Bolzoni, Mira to be the first Municipality to adopt this innovative service”.
“Finding an answer to the needs of every one of our citizens in difficulty is part of our philosophy”, said Paola Moro, mayor of Monastier. “It was therefore natural for us to seize this new opportunity offered by technology”.
To enable Veneto Municipalities to launch this service, it was necessary to wait for the entry into force of a regional law that recognizes the use of LIS in the regional territory, promoting the social inclusion of deaf, deafblind and hearing impaired people and of people with language and communication difficulties.
“We hope that this is only a first step”, concluded Enrico Capiozzo, CEO of VEASYT, “and that the law can translate into a series of other concrete actions that allow inclusion, integration and accessibility to all deaf citizens in all areas throughout the territory”.