On the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a special “silent” press conference was held at a bakery in Shenzhen today. All participants were asked to wear earplugs as soon as they entered and complete an order purchase task without using words. This is shenzhen’s first silent bakery, staffed by hearing-impaired waiters. The organizers hope that every participant can experience the daily life of hearing impaired people. At the conference, a public welfare project for the hearing-impaired — “Sound counts” public welfare program was officially launched.
The plan by the development of Chinese hearing medical foundation (hereinafter referred to as the “base”) and vivo joint, the two sides hope through the barrier-free function development and upgrade, barrier-free facilities, public welfare donations, joint research, public support, improve the state of the communication of people with hearing loss and the quality of life, to create a more friendly environment information barrier-free society.
In a silent world, in a social dilemma
According to the second national sampling survey of persons with disabilities, there are nearly 30 million people with hearing impairment in China, which is the largest group of persons with disabilities in China. However, the basic facilities and professional service personnel related to hearing impairment lag behind the needs of the group. According to statistics, there are only about 10,000 professional service personnel for the hearing impaired in China. They cannot obtain non-verbal signals in time, such as alarm clocks, doorbells, early warnings, car horns, telephone rings, etc. Modern cities have become dangerous steel jungles in a silent world. Unable to access video and audio information on the Internet, they find it difficult to keep up with social events and current events, leaving them with information “jet lag” with those who can listen.
Especially in daily life, they are unable to express their love to their relatives and partners, and even find it difficult to detect a baby crying. As Helen, a famous American writer, put it. Keller said, “Visual impairment isolates people from things, and hearing impairment isolates people from people.” In a society where everything is connected by information, they seem to be trapped in a modern island, left far behind by the environment of rapid development.
“As the only national foundation dedicated to the development of hearing medicine and the assistance of hearing impaired people in China, THE Foundation has funded and assisted over 100,000 people since its establishment,” said Gong Zezhong, executive Vice President and Secretary General of the Foundation. “Most people with hearing disabilities have varying degrees of communication difficulties. The more severe the hearing disability is, the more difficult it is to get along with others and participate in society. This time, WE launched the ‘Sound with Interest’ public welfare project with Vivo, hoping to help more people with hearing loss enjoy the convenience brought by technology and communicate with the outside world in a silent world.”
As part of the “Voices matter” public welfare program, Vivo and Vivo jointly produced a documentary film for the hearing-impaired, Silent Love, which was also screened for the first time today. Through the perspective of yun Zi and Xu Chao (pseudonym), a hearing-impaired couple, the documentary accurately depicts the family life and parenting status of hearing-impaired people, which aroused the attention and resonance of the guests at the scene.
Break information silos and help communicate without hindrance
As an important tool for modern citizens to obtain information and information, mobile phones carry the functions of instant communication and daily social interaction. However, for the hearing-impaired people, the inability to timely access audio and video information on mobile phones has exacerbated the gap between them and the digital world, while the temperature of science and technology has enabled everyone to gain the right to receive equal information with the power of progress.
“Each of us uses our body’s visual, auditory and tactile sensory systems to experience the world,” Said Yang Yi, vice president of Vivo and head of global AI Research Institute, at the conference. The smart devices we carry with us every day can become our second sensory center, helping us to equip ourselves with AI vision, AI voice and other technologies in the rapidly developing modern society, enabling us to hear better, see better, and acquire more interactive ways.”
Vivo announced the latest progress of OriginsOS barrier-free feature development for the first time. It launched sound recognition — baby crying monitoring, barrier-free call, Vivo hearing and other functions, which can monitor babies crying in real time, and send warnings to hearing-impaired parents through non-sound signals of wearable devices. And can accurately translate sound and text to help the hearing impaired realize real-time two-way communication online and offline.
Technology illuminates the heart and warms the silent world
“Vivo will work with AURAL to jointly carry out relevant research, explore the needs of hearing impairment, and transform it into a driving force for scientific and technological innovation, so that information accessibility technology is constantly updated. Together with the Hearing Foundation, we will donate Vivo mobile phones and watches equipped with barrier-free functions to the people with key needs through public donation of information and barrier-free equipment, so as to help the people with hearing loss enjoy a better life brought by technology.” He hopes these smart devices will become “ears” for the hearing-impaired, helping them hear and resonate with the world.
In the past year, Vivo has not only developed these meaningful products with an in-depth understanding of the needs of the hearing impaired, but also participated in the construction of age-appropriate standards and completed the age-appropriate transformation of mobile terminals and gained industry recognition. In the future, Vivo will continue to practice corporate social responsibility, make efforts in two directions of AI image and AI voice, and help more types of obstacle groups to integrate into the Internet life with technological innovation.
“Such a ‘silent’ press conference is a very innovative social advocacy, allowing more ordinary people to experience the reality of the hearing-impaired people, so as to discover the needs of the huge group that might be ignored in daily life,” Said Gong Zezhong. He called on, want the future to have more science and technology enterprise with the development of science and technology power information barrier-free, meet the precision demand of deaf people, the whole society can focus on the present situation of the deaf people, promote common to advocate social inclusion degree, with an open mind to accept people with hearing loss, to embrace them, understand them, create a more friendly social environment.