Opening New Lines of CommunicationBy Williams, John M.; Business Week Online,
Publication Date: December 2000
Article discussing assistive technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, including a telephone voice-magnifier and a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD). The author explains that his grandfather was hearing impaired, and that he would have loved the devices mentioned in the article. Global Assistive Devices makes a portable telephone attachment that magnifies voices. The attachment is strapped onto the earpiece of a telephone handset, with a dial on the magnifier controlling volume. A TTY with an integrated answering machine is described as well, as Ultratec and Auditech both make versions. The answering machine responds to incoming calls with both a voice and a TTY greeting. A text pager can also be used to send and receive TTY e-mail messages. The user can hold two-way interactive TTY conversations and send computerized voice messages to any telephone number in the United States without a relay operator.
Published by: McGraw-Hill Companies (Website:http://www.mcgraw-hill.com)
Link to text: http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/dec2000/nf20000126_085.htm