World In Sign's Vision for 2023
As 2022 comes to an end, it’s a time for cherished reflection. 2022 was a year of great growth and learning which we hope to carry into the future. We are looking into 2023 with a renewed vision to do more than what we did last year. With this in mind, we have developed a theme for WIS operations for 2023. Our theme, “To Accessibility and Beyond!”, will serve as both motivation and directive for our work in 2023. We established this theme for 2023 because we are not only passionate about accessibility, but we are willing to go above and beyond that. Our accessibility mission is to provide resources, empower individuals, launch important conversations, navigate key accommodation tools, make connections and touch base with others who feel the same way.
Watch the video below to see a special announcement from our Chairperson, Robert Mather and our new CEO, Mark Sparger:
How do we go above and beyond accessibility? We have a variety of tools that accommodate and enhance language accessibility:
Smart VI: Smart VI is an all-in-one scheduling platform that gives the interpreter and business clients the freedom to schedule, manage, and create video calls. This platform can be used on any device, at any time with support for iOS, Android, and web applications.
The best part of this platform is that it goes BEYOND accessibility through its on-demand feature, which connects clients to an interpreter at the click of a button – no scheduling needed! Get accessibility features when consumers need it!
MultiPOP™: MultiPOP™ is a video engine that uses a picture-over-picture layout to provide a sign language window where there is sign language interpretation of audio content within the main video. While there are many key features of this tool, our favorite is that a user has a plethora of preferences to choose from.
MultiPOP™ goes BEYOND accessibility by being a wholly customizable service, thereby giving the end user the autonomy to receive audio visual content in their preferred style. The interpreter window’s size, transparency, background etc. are interchangeable, caption colors, fonts, transparency, placement are also interchangeable. MultiPOP™ also has the provision to translate media content into different spoken and sign languages.
Media Production Services: Our media production services include studio rental, video production, and online event management. Our team can produce a client’s video content – from scratch or as is. If a client already has a production crew, we rent out our state-of-the-art studio.
We go BEYOND accessibility by providing translations, interpreters and other options according to cultural preferences.
Online Event Management: We provide online event management for clients who want less stress when it comes to hosting a live event via website or social media.
We go BEYOND accessibility for our online events by ensuring that the online event portal is accessible to everyone, and by scoping out people’s individual needs to be met during the event.
Captioning: What’s a video without captions? Whether a client chooses it in a bundle or requests it by itself, our team provides outstanding results that give the user access to content.
Our captioning services goes BEYOND accessibility by offering numerous additional services within captions like providing transcripts, translations of transcripts, caption files in different formats for ease of insertion and use, Audio description captions and much more.
Our clients are wonderful! We are proud that they want to bring accessibility to their world, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help. Here are a few testimonials that we wanted to share:
“World In Sign has enabled us to include ASL/ISL in our virtual events, ranging from one-time webinars to multi-day conferences, reaching up to 10,000 participants. Every WIS interpreter we’ve worked with has been punctual, professional, and a pleasure to coordinate with. We’re grateful to have such a reliable partner for all of our sign language interpreting needs!”
Shannon Tracy/Director of Virtual and Hybrid Events/TechChange
“I love the location of the studio. Very easy to get there! Reserving the studio was quick and easy!”
Andy Tao/President/Blue 20
“Thank you to you and the WIS team, the experience thus far, has been priceless. Today’s debrief is still playing in my head. It definitely encouraged me to continue down this path towards advocacy. Hopefully change is in the future, for all.”
Paul Lewis/ASL Student/Solano Junior College
Most people are entering 2023 with a “new year, new me” mindset but we encourage everyone to navigate towards inclusivity and plan with everyone in mind. This year is a year for take-off, and with all of this news and information, we are ready to take flight to destination accessibility.