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ABOUT TELENOR NEWS NEWS AND PRESS RELEASES ONLINE TRANSLATION SERVICE OF SIGN LANGUAGE NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL 30, 000 PERSONS WITH IMPAIRED HEARING IN SERBIA
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Online translation service of sign language now available to all 30, 000 persons with impaired hearing in Serbia

The Telecentre, hosted in The City Organization of the Deaf of Belgrade, has been equipped with the first modern audio-video service of sign interpreters and internet. On this occasion, fifty tablets and specialized Telenor tariff packages for deaf and hard of hearing persons were presented to 44 official organizations of the deaf across Serbia, enabling the network of online translation services to become available to all 30,000 people with impaired hearing.
 
Aleksandar Vulin, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Ove Fredheim, Telenor Serbia CEO, and Hari Colja, President of the Municipal Organization of the Deaf of Belgrade, were the first to test the possibilities of this unique online service.


“Internet and digital services are improving the availability of information and pace of communications. In Telenor, we are committed to enable benefits of Internet and digital services to all citizens in Serbia, especially underserved groups. From now on, the people with impaired hearing across Serbia will have much better inclusion into the society. This is the beginning of Telenor’s efforts to secure equal opportunities to all 30, 000 deaf persons in Serbia”, says Ove Fredheim, CEO of Telenor Serbia.
 
The Telecentre is designed as an audio-video service of sign interpreters and enables deaf and people with impaired hearing to use it with a tablet or mobile device whenever they need such a service.
 
“This is an important day for our community. Digital communications and internet connectivity truly bridges the gap between the deaf and hearing people. The working hours of the office will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Telecentre will also provide 24/7 emergency services, police and firefighters, to all members of 44 organizations”, says Hari Colja, the President of the Municipal Organization of the Deaf of Belgrade.

 
This innovative online service will allow the deaf and people with impaired hearing to easily communicate with the public institutions and other institutions who do not know the sign language, efficiently perform daily activities and interact with their environment and the society.
 
Telenor Foundation supported with Internet and PCs the opening of the internet center within The City Organization of the Deaf of Belgrade that is now hosting Telecentres. Since 2007, Telenor Foundation has been engaged in more than 350 partnerships. Through the Foundation, Telenor is investing in developing society in Serbia and remains committed to enabling the Internet access to the all citizens in Serbia.