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Communications Technology for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

People who are deaf or hard of hearing have many high-tech communications options. This page profiles established and leading-edge products for keeping in touch via text or sign language, including: text and captioned telephones, text message services, videoconferencing solutions, visual alerts for computers and portable devices, and deaf-blind communications technology.
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  2. Clocks, Watches, and Timers (0)
  3. Hearing Aids & Enhancers (1)
  4. Personal Communicators (3)
  5. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) (10)

Everyone Can Sign Special Needs Series
Time to Sign’s “Everyone Can Sign” is a series of “quick guides” that teach American Sign Language (ASL) basics to students with special needs, such as autism and Down syndrome.

Get Kids Excited to Sign with Time to Sign Learning Guide
The Time to Sign with Children Learning Guide presents over 200 drawings and directions to help parents and teachers to get kids excited to learn how to communicate using American Sign Language. The book, by Lillian and Michael Hubler, includes an interactive DVD.

Technology & Disability: An Interview with abledbody.com's Suzanne Robitaille
In this interview, Suzanne Robitaille, founder of abledbody.com and author of The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technology & Devices, discusses recent advances in communications technology for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

What is Video Relay Service?
Video relay service (VRS) enables persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired to communicate with hearing individuals using sign-language interpreters accessed via web video.

Video Relay Increases Career Opportunities for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
In this interview, Diana Herron, director of customer care for Purple Communications, discusses how the development of telecom technologies -- especially video relay service -- give deaf and hard-of-hearing persons more career options and higher levels of interactivity.

Purple Communications Video Relay Service Gives Deaf Equal Telecom Access
This article profiles Purple Communications solutions providing equal telecom access to deaf callers, including video and SMTP relay services, videophones, and ASL interpreters.

Technology for Deaf & HOH College Students
Former Keene State College student Jaime Del Pizzo discusses assistive devices for the deaf and technology in education for students with bilateral hearing loss.

Assistive Listening Devices - Help for Hard of Hearing and Deaf People
This article by About.com Deafness guide Jamie Berke discusses assistive listening devices that help individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing know when someone is at the door, calling on the phone, and when an alarm clock or fire alarm is sounding. She also some of her own experiences with such devices.

Media Access Group at WGBH
The Media Access Group at WGBH created and continues to improve closed captioning and video description that make media accessible to disabled viewers.

Access Closed Captioning on Windows Media Player
This is a quick tip on turning on closed captioning on Windows Media Player.

Accessibility Features for Deaf & HOH Users in Apple Products
For persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, Apple provides many built-in accessibility features in its OS X and iOS products.

Captionfish Closed Caption Film Finder
Many movie fans are deaf or hard of hearing. The Captionfish website helps these fans find theaters, films, and showtimes in their area that feature closed captioning.

iPod touch Accessibility for Deaf & HOH Users
Apple's iPod touch has built-in accessibility features designed for users who are deaf or hard of hearing, including support for open and closed captions, mono audio, and FaceTime video chat.

Communications Solutions for Persons with Disabilities
Telecom equipment for the deaf is just one example of assistive communications technology. Here's a brief outline of communications solutions that enable persons with many different disabilities to communicate and connect to a wider world.

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