Saying It With FeelingBy Sordyl, Samantha; Washington Post,
Publication Date: September 6, 2005
Article discusses the use of video relay service (VRS), which is emerging technology designed to facilitate communication for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The technology employs a videophone, which is connected to a standard television monitor. When a call to a VRS interpreter is connected, the television displays a split screen of two live images: (1) the interpreter, and (2) the caller. The caller instructs the interpreter to call a specific number, and then uses sign language to relay conversation. The Federal Communications Commission reports that by June 2005, VRS was used in up to 2.1 million homes. Voice recognition technology is available free to people who are deaf or hard of hearing through the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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