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1 Vicki Thompson AzTEDP Program Planner v/tty Sean Furman Deaf Specialist VP

2 Assistive Technology for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing: The Magic of AT and the Realities of IT for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing…

3 Technology for Deaf Users Utilizing American Sign Language

4 Hardware VideoPhone (nTouch, Smart VP, etc) iPad Laptop Smart Phones Amplified Phone Captioned Phone

5 Software Purple, Sorenson, Z VRS, Convo, Skype, FaceTime, and many more…. Video Relay Service vs. Video Remote Interpreting All can be used for VRS and/or VRI Requires hardware device to use the software Not provided by VRS companies

6 Software Purple, Sorenson, Z VRS, Convo, Skype, FaceTime, and many more…. Video Relay Service vs. Video Remote Interpreting All can be used for VRS and/or VRI Requires hardware device to use the software Not provided by VRS companies

7 Hardware VideoPhone used for VRS and VRI Broadband Internet Dedicated line? Not connectable with Wifi Need Modem / Router / Cable At least 1 to 10 megabyte per sec (mbps)

8 Using VideoPhone via mobile device Can connect to Wifi Uses VRS software Video Conferencing Software 4G capabilitiy LTE (Long Term Evolution) 3 bars or higher for signal strength

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10 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Technology for Hard of Hearing Users

11 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Challenges of Telephone Use For many people with a hearing loss, understanding speech over a telephone may be difficult due to –Lack of visual cues –Difficulty coupling to a hearing aid or cochlear implant –Feedback –Insufficient volume –Rapid speakers –Hearing out of only one ear on the phone –Noise in the environment –Phone compatibility –EM interference when using the telecoil

12 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Amplified Induction Neckloop

13 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 T-Coil ? (AKA: Telecoils, T-Switches) – Perhaps you’re not sure. If you are not sure if your hearing aids have a MANUAL T-Coil setting, please check with your Hearing Health Professional. Many times, they can be installed for a nominal fee.

14 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Hardwired Listening System as Phone Amplifier Comfort Audio Duett New Personal Listener Telephone Kit

15 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Assistive Technology for the Hard of Hearing

16 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Telecommunication Devices There are a variety of hearing assistive devices for the phone For people who understand fairly well on the phone but just need more volume, auditory devices will help ◦Amplified telephones ◦Cordless amplified phones ◦In-line amplifiers ◦Amplified headsets For people who hear but have difficulty understanding speech on the phone, non-auditory devices can provide captions to supplement hearing ◦Captioned phones and services

17 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 In-line amplifiers Connects between the base of the phone and the handset of the phone Telephone’s signal processing must occur prior to the amplification provided by the auxiliary amplifier Will NOT work with cordless or phones with the dial pad in the handset of the phone

18 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Strap-on amplifiers Advantages: –Very portable –Will work with any phone including cordless phones Disadvantages –Have to place and remove with each phone call –Only battery operated

19 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Corded vs. cordless Usually for residential use only Degree of amplification varies dB Features vary among products Adjustable volume and/or tone Adjustable ringer loudness/pitch Audio output to connect neckloop Visual signal indicators Call waiting Caller ID Memory dial buttons Built-in answering machine Speakerphone Bluetooth-enabled

20 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 ACDHH has Free Telephones, TTY’s, Alerting Devices & Speech Devices

21 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Application for AzTEDP Application form signed by professional Conditions of Acceptance Proof of AZ residency – Driver’s license, etc. Proof of legal US residency and identity (2009) Proof of name change IF that applies to consumer Citizenship form (CapTel Supplement if chosen)

22 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Phone Communication Tips Do not have anything in your mouth Speak clearly, at a moderate pace Do not use your speakerphone Turn off any background sounds If the person does not understand you, rephrase the sentence Inform the listener when changing the subject Check for understanding of vital facts (do not use yes/no questions, but instead ask content-context questions) If they have trouble hearing, suggest our free phone program

23 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 What is Bluetooth?

24 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Why is it called Bluetooth? Named after the 10th Century Danish Viking king, Harald Blåtand known for his unification of warring tribes from Denmark including Skåne (present day Sweden) ◦Blåtand translated into English means “Bluetooth” Selected by Bluetooth developers originally as a code name for the project but it stuck as the official name Like its namesake, Bluetooth is intended to unify the many electronic devices marketed by the telecommunication and computing industries BT symbol verifies device is BT-enabled

25 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Bluetooth Communication

26 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Bluetooth hub

27 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 When All This Isn’t Enough Captioned options If a captioned method is really, truly an option to explore….. Does the person have internet in their home? If so, we refer them to the FEDERAL program. 840i (internet) If NOT……..here is the reality………with the AzTEDP landline only unit. (840)

28 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 AzTEDP provides the 840 Captions will only show up on incoming calls where the caller honors this method. Good LUCK getting people to do that. Most calls will NOT be captioned due to this extra step.

29 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Offered free with certifying professional signature. Captioning delay No answering machine Captions on 100% of calls Requires internet and landline phone service. AzTEDP can demonstrate it. AzTEDP does NOT provide it.

30 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , i is offered free by with certifying professional signature. Captioning d-e-l-a-y Has answering machine Captions on 100% of calls Requires internet and landline phone service. AzTEDP can demonstrate it. AzTEDP does NOT provide it.

31 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Clarity Ensemble Purchase required Captioning delay Has answering machine Captions on 100% of calls Requires internet and landline phone service. AzTEDP can demonstrate it. AzTEDP does NOT provide it.

32 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 A word of caution about captioned phones It is time to stop saying “huh”, “what” and “could you repeat that”. Instead: “Just a moment while I read what you are saying. Your patience is appreciated.” “Hang on a minute while I read what you are saying on my special phone.” “I can’t listen as fast as you talk, so I read what you say on my captioned phone. Bear with me, it will take a moment for me to respond.”

33 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Mobile Captioned Telephone

34 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 More APPS!!!!

35 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Thank You! Questions?????

36 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014 Vicki Thompson AzTEDP Program Planner v/tty Sean Furman Deaf Specialist VP

37 16 th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Institute; July , 2014


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