Dear new member of the Ava family,
When you downloaded Ava, you acquired a very powerful tool for your communications. Ava can do much more for your accessibility than you might think, and we'll explain here you how you can make it happen, in all your life situations.
What Ava can and cannot do for your accessibility
- Ava can caption in less than 1 second what any person says, with up to 95% accuracy, if Ava hear the speakers through a microphone not too far away, Internet connection is decent, background noise isn't too bad, and accents are not too strong. Informations on ideal conditions are here.
- What if you could snap your fingers and what people say was subtitled? Ava can caption almost any situation you find yourself in, but only with the right setup. You need to know what the setup is for that situation (1), and set it up correctly to make this happen (2) . Our goal is to make (1) and (2) as easy as possible for you.
- You will often be in situations where unfortunately, only you can do (2): setup the Ava system. Meaning that, if you want accessibility, you'll have to make the first step more than other hearing people. And yes this is unfair sometimes. Unlike past solutions however, Ava makes it as easy and affordable as it is possible. So, just educate yourself, and be bold to ask for what you need for your accessibility. It might feel like a lot sometimes, but the benefits may be much higher than you expected!
- Ava cannot be the only communication tool you're using, but it can complement, and improve the others you use. Your communication is unique - here's a chance to experiment day to day with this new tool - this is where the future is going, after all. For example, you can keep reading lips, and only rely on Ava by glancing at the screen when you miss any information. You can keep your interpreter, but also experiment with setting up Ava at the same time, and get more information out of these situations.
Using Ava in all the situations you want subtitles
First, it is very important that you know and practice well how Ava can put subtitles in what we call the social life interactions:
Face-to-face conversations (using your phone):
- when you talk with friends,
- have coffee meetings,
- catch-up with relatives,
- learn from or chat with coworkers,
- ask a question to a customer representative,
- want to hear what's on the menu at lunch today...
Group conversations (downloading and connecting multiple phones):
- participate to a last-minute meeting with no interpreter/captioner,
- have a short stand-up chat with coworkers,
- go camping or to the restaurants with a few friends,
- sit for an evening family dinner everyday or at Thanksgiving,
- and so many other moments...
Second, you should know that with just small additional equipment, you can do way more with Ava. Here are examples to become fully independent in everyday situations, with very little equipment.
- Presentation/class/lectures: with a Bluetooth earpiece connected to your Ava app, you'll be able to follow any presentation/class/lecture with a main presenter, live-captioned on your phone, or on a laptop.
- Education videos/Facebook-live/radio/podcasts/conference calls: with an audio adapter, you can get live-subtitles on your phone for any video, podcast, radio show that you're following on your computer.
Third, locations. Some places require a more advanced setup to be accessible, yet we kept it as simple as possible. For example, your workplace, school, or place of worship - with communications happening that you wish would be captioned.
Mustering your courage, if you explain your needs, show the Ava app to a manager and share the step-by-step guide with them. This will go a long way and make this location accessible for not just you but other deaf & hard-of-hearing people!
- Workplace and professional training
- School and university
- Places of worship (church, mosque, synagogues, etc.)
- Store, museums, at the doctor
- Venues for events, conferences
The sky is the limit. Nobody else but you has the power to make these connections and opportunities of communication a reality.