DAISY(Digital Accessible Information System) is an innovative use of technology providing remote access to communication support. Using Skype, DAISY facilitates quick/cost efficient access to a BSL/English Interpreter for Deaf service users and a lipspeaker/notetaker for hard of hearing service users.
Our objective is to create a digital platform that enables the D/deaf community access to interpreters so that they can integrate/engage in all aspects of the communities in which they reside being connected/productive/empowered, living independently and making informed choices.
DAISY will do this by enabling effective/accurate communication between service providers and D/deaf service users increasing accessibility and addressing discrimination/stigma.
Standard face to face communications support appointments are 3 hours, however use of this medium is frequently not necessary.
Therefore providing communication support via DAISY for shorter time periods will make it more affordable and more immediately accessible to both service providers and D/deaf service users.
Through the provision of easy access, cost & time efficient communication support via DAISY our longer term vision is that deaf people will have:
Improved health & wellbeing;
- With equitable access to quality health & wellbeing services
- Free from stigma & discrimination
- Enabling them to take control of their own health
Whilst initially we are looking to focus the use of DAISY primarily in health settings, many other services can be provided to the deaf community & the service providers they should be accessing through this initiative including information, advice, advocacy, networking, connecting communities, contact with emergency services, support to uptake & maintain meaningful employment, thus enabling deaf people’s full engagement in/uptake of services/resources in their community, thereby:
Building stronger communities within which deaf people can be;
In order to achieve this vision we will work closely with/support service providers to ensure accessibility.