Zoom introduced earlier this month that it’s added a brand new characteristic to make its video communication platform extra accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing customers: a specialised view for signal language decoding.
The corporate has been on a little bit of an accessibility kick these days, with the addition of an indication language decoding view serving as the most recent instance of the corporate’s efforts to make the platform extra approachable for customers who may in any other case have difficulties speaking by way of Zoom.
The signal language decoding characteristic is offered on Zoom Conferences and Webinars. As soon as a bunch has organized for and designated an interpreter, members in Zoom conferences can choose in to view the signal language interpreter in a separate viewing field.
“Distant studying provides myriad advantages and conveniences, however it may additionally deliver challenges for these with visible, listening to, and different impairments,” reads a Nov. 3 weblog submit from the corporate’s world schooling advertising lead, Johann Zimmern. “Now, we’re excited to announce our newest characteristic that continues our dedication to accessibility: the signal language interpretation view for Zoom Conferences and Webinars.”
The announcement got here a couple of week earlier than the corporate’s ZoomTopia convention earlier this week, the place the corporate additionally introduced new privateness options and Zoom Mail, the corporate’s e mail service.
When Zoom first turned a family identify at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many deaf and hard-of-hearing customers struggled with accessibility points. Though many conferences and occasions have since returned to an in-person format, Zoom stays extra outstanding than it was previous to 2020 — as such, the corporate has needed to introduce a number of accessibility options to maintain up with the demand for its product. Within the final two years, Zoom has launched its dwell transcription and automated translation options to allow members to extra simply talk utilizing the platform.
“We wish our customers to spend extra time speaking and fewer time worrying about obstacles that forestall them from studying,” reads the corporate’s weblog submit.