Free Telephones, Honest!By Collins, Randy, MEd; Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
Publication Date: 2005
Article discusses an initiative to provide free telecommunications devices for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or who have speech disabilities by the State of Arizona through the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. People who are hard of hearing can utilize amplified telephones, which have volume controls that allow the user to adjust the sound level to suit their individual needs. Voice Carry Over (VCO) telephones can also be used, as they have a text screen so that VCO users can read the conversation as typed by an Arizona Telecommunication Relay Service communications assistant. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use text telephones (TTY), which allow individuals to make or receive telephone calls by typing their conversation via two-way text. The conversation is read on a highlighted display screen. People with speech disabilities can benefit from amplified telephones or TTYs, while people who are deaf-blind can utilize TTYs with a refreshable Braille keyboard.
Published by: Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) (Website:http://www.nau.edu/ihd/aztap/)
Link to text: http://www.nau.edu/ihd/aztap/geriatric/article3.shtml