If you are interested in joining your fellow HLAA members to become an Ava pioneer, and want to give the Ava app a try, here are a few things you can already do today:
1) First, save the date. On September 5th, you can download the app for free on the App and Play store. Make sure you mark this date in your calendar.
2) Inform the people around you. If you are a chapter representative or leader, we prepared an announcement message that you can share with your chapter members, or include in your monthly newsletter. This message can be found at the bottom of this email. You can also send the message or forward this email to anyone you know who would be interested in learning about Ava.
3) Get priority, by visiting our website (www.ava.me) and leaving your email. We will invite you to our pioneer program directly, and you’ll be the first to know about any updates.
We look forward to launching Ava together with you!
A note from Ava:
For now, it’s not yet possible to save the transcripts of the conversations. We are going to add this feature though.
Concerning your thought about encourage deaf / hoh to open the app when stopped by the police – yes we would encourage you to do that. However, it might be smart to explain what Ava is in advance of the conversation. You could do this by having a beforehand written note in the car.
This note could contain something like the following:
”I’m deaf / hard-of-hearing and use Ava to communicate. Ava is an app that you can speak into, so that I can read what you’re saying. Thank you”.
This note you can show before starting the conversation.