Telecommunication technology has significantly changed the communication landscape for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more than 40 years, text telephones (TTY) and amplified phones were their only options. Today, videophones, Smartphones, and instant messaging most often replace the TTY as preferred communication tools.
With technology seemingly always one step ahead of us, it’s easy to confuse the various telecommunication services used to visually connect hearing and deaf/hard of hearing individuals wishing to communicate with each other. There are three primary telecommunication services in use today: 1) video relay service (VRS); 2) TTY relay service (TRS); and 3) video relay interpreting (VRI). VRS and TRS are free programs regulated by the FCC, while VRI is a fee-based service that satisfies the communication-related mandates of the ADA.
Institutions are increasingly turning toward a variety of distance education technologies to provide educational opportunities for students in a variety of settings. Over a two-day period, this webcast included 9 separate presentations by professionals experienced in utilizing a variety of popular online media. The presentations focused on innovative ways to ensure access for a diverse group of students, especially those students with hearing loss.
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This guide provides information and resources to utilize videoconferencing to set up professional development activities.
An incoming student with a hearing loss is enrolled in an allied health program and will need to use a stethoscope. Who is responsible for purchasing the amplified stethoscope, and how will the instructor know that the student is accurately reporting information and describing sounds?