Tor Vergata adopts E- LISIR for the accommodation of deaf people
The tablet based video interpreting service of the university and the polyclinic.
The University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Policlinico Tor Vergata, first University and hospital in Italy, offer its deaf users (students, patients, visitors) the service E- LISIR, an innovative system of video communication that is app-for-tablets based. Operators, university students and the health care personnel communicate with the deaf person through a Video Center where qualified LIS (Italian Sign Language) interpreters, translate any need of the deaf from LIS to verbal language and, conversely, translate into LIS signs the operator’s recommendations.
The video communication system E-LISIR, Evolution Italian Language Signs with online Interpreter, created by the Video Assistenza Mobile in collaboration with the Global Technologies Italia, is free for deaf users and is activated via an app on a tablet supplied at the university and hospital campus.
The service, sponsored by CARIS - the Commission for the reception and the inclusion of students with disabilities and DSA of the University Tor Vergata- is active at the Secretariats of the Schools and the Reception points and Public Relations offices of the University, and at the Policlinico Tor Vergata, which is part of a broader Reception Project of persons with disabilities.
Twelve tablets are available at the main reception points of the University (such as didactic secretariats, public relations offices and the technical secretariat of CARIS). There are eight devices provided at the Policlinico Tor Vergata, distributed in the areas with greatest flow of users within the hospital. Two of them are operational 24/7 for the needs of the Emergency and hospitalization Area, and six others are active during the 8am-6pm time slot from Monday to Saturday.
The University of Rome Tor Vergata, through CARIS and the Commission for the University Social Responsibility (CSR), has activated since last year, first and second level training courses for the learning the LIS language. They were both attended, in the present and previous edition, by health care employees and administrative employees of the PTV, as well as employees and students of the University (particularly nursing, speech therapy, linguistics and training sciences students), among which were some disabled people. By activating E-LISIR, the University and the Policlinico Tor Vergata intend to facilitate communication with deaf people, raising the level of autonomy in social and interpersonal relations in the university and the hospital.