UK's number one video site, Winkball.com and Deafax have joined hands to empower the deaf and hard hearing community. Deafax is a social charity institute that works for the deaf has helped Winkball to to launch a video message website called VIEWTALK. This website is innovative and technology enabled to allow members communicate safely with each other via video media. This Viewtalk website will be officially launched on the 4th of May 2011. This date has been specifically picked to mark the Deaf Awareness Week followed every year.
This website allows the deaf to communicate with each other online with the help of video messages and live chat support. Most importantly, all these features work very well unlike the static jerks of other conventional systems. Both, deaf as well as hearing people will be able to socially connect with friends, associates and family. They will also be able to keep abreast with latest news, events, videos, feeds, etc. All this and much more in a safe and secure domain.
The messages (video messages) are designed to be delivered through their custom platform (known as the ViewTalk Video Messaging Platform). This platform is accessible all the time and anywhere as needed. This unique platform is going to make communication online widely and freely accessible to over nine million deaf people across the UK.
There are ten Viewtalk Reporters in this team. This group is completely trained by WinkBall and Deafax. More significantly, seven of these members are deaf themselves which is an outstanding achievement in itself. They have enabled the future of online communication for the next generation. These reporters’ team focus on education, sports, arts, current affairs, etc. They continue to create a wide range of varied content for www.viewtalk.org website.
Recent updates include, current affairs reporters have known to interview Lord Michael Heseltine. They also interviewed Mohamed Al Fayed, the Harrods baron. The arts reporting group talked to BBC actors Genevieve Barr and Larry Lamb. Ther have been many prominent personalities from leading deaf and hard-of-hearing organisations who have pledged support to this ViewTalk initiative.
Janice MacNeil, Principal of the Donaldsons school for the deaf mentioned that initiatives like Viewtalk are absolutely essential. She also pointed out that many deaf kids and young adults feel neglected and kept out in their local communities. The Viewtalk platform will offer a great opportunity to these deaf people to keep in touch with each other. They will be able to find out information, get support from each other and others.
Dr. James Ohene-Djan, Managing Director at WinkBall's, said: "Face-to-face communication is a vital part of daily life - particularly for the deaf community, enabling people to express feeling which simply can't be put across through text. As more and more people have access to the internet, video has become the most common form of internet traffic (currently standing at 51%), and is increasingly part of the way we talk to each other day-to-day. Deafax have been excellent partners in this project: we're looking forward to seeing how this technology makes a real difference to people's lives."
These kind of web services and web initiatives will go a long way in creating a strong social community to live in.