The Caribbean Video Assistance Service (CVAS) is an initiative of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), a regional inter-governmental organisation, dedicated to supporting the development of the Caribbean information and communications technologies (ICT) sector. Although a CARICOM Institution, the CTU is unique in that its membership not only comprises 20 regional CARICOM and non-CARICOM governments but specialised ICT governmental agencies, and private sector and civil society organisations. Serving the region since 1989, the CTU is committed to shaping Caribbean communications for all. CVAS therefore is part of fulfilling its ICT4ALL mandate.
CVAS uses ICT to empower members of the Deaf and Blind communities. It does this by using video telephony to enable Deaf sign language users to communicate with hearing people and the Blind users to be provided with sighted assistance, remotely. Available for decades in many developed countries, CVAS is the first service of its kind in the Caribbean and is expected over time to enhance the quality of the lives of persons who are Deaf or Blind in the Caribbean.
The CTU and its partners are proud and excited that the Pilot phase of CVAS has begun and they are working to deliver the full service in the coming months. The CVAS partners are as follows:
Caribbean Telecommunications Union
: 4 Mary Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
: +1(868)628-0281, ext. 234
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