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Blue Jeans Network Makes Video Conferencing Accessible to Customers with Disabilities

October 01, 2014

People with disabilities often have problems using the latest gadgets and technologies. There are very few technologies that have been designed keeping them in mind and hence, they are often at a disadvantage when exploiting modern technology.

But many companies are taking steps to fill this critical gap. Blue Jeans Network recently announced that it has added numerous features to make its video conferencing solution friendlier to people with disabilities. The company has enhanced its iOS App, and Android App to make it more accessible to people with disabilities.

The company's improved app can now be used by people with various types of disabilities such as blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. The company believes that this enhanced accessibility is especially beneficial to students and teachers in the education sector as it opens up new avenues of communications.

In making enhancements to its apps, the company has followed Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act requirements. This has expanded the company's availability to customers with disabilities.

“Enhancing accessibility is paramount to our mission to make it possible for anyone to collaborate more effectively anytime, anywhere, and from practically any device," said Stu Aaron, Chief Commercial Officer at Blue Jeans Network. "As businesses and educational institutions of all sizes and shapes around the world are deploying Blue Jeans we believe that our enhanced accessibility will ensure that no one is left out. We are taking a proactive step to be more inclusive to all of our customers”

Apart from making its video solutions available to customers with disabilities, Blue Jeans is also working on making its offerings affordable to everyone. Recently, the company partnered with Tely Labs to design and develop a new video collaboration tool for small and medium businesses. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle