Welcome to the Caribbean Video Assistance Service!
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The Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS), is a significant new initiative to help the deaf and the blind and is completely free to use. It will significantly enhance the quality of the lives of deaf or blind citizens in the Caribbean.
To deliver the service, which is free of charge, the CTU is collaborating with Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), VTCSecure Inc. of the USA, Digicel, the Trinidad and Tobago Association for the Hearing Impaired (TTAHI), Tobago Information Technology Limited (TITL) and the Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association. Most importantly, CVAS would not have come into being without the unstinting support of the PWD community and its sign language interpreters, who will serve as agents.
As a CVAS user, you will connect over the Internet from virtually anywhere with an agent (who knows sign language) by using your smart phone, computer or tablet, on to which you have downloaded a free application from the Android or Apple Store.
So, how does CVAS work? Using the video capability of their devices connected to the Internet and loaded with the free application PUC or Personal Universal Communicator, the deaf sign with agents (sign language interpreters), who then relay conversations between them and hearing parties. Using the same application, the blind can call an agent, who will provide them with remote video assistance.
Benefits of CVAS and PUC
Assistance For The Deaf
Agents are available to assist you on calls with the hearing. When the hearing person speaks, the agents will sign to you what they are saying.
Assistance For The Blind
Agent are available to assist blind users when they need someone to help them see. Need to identify medication or locate an item? Simply call an agent who will direct and assist you.
Register For CVAS
To register for CVAS select the appropriate button below and complete the registration form. CVAS is only accessible if you register, so register for CVAS today!