Desktop phones and phone systems

Technology for People who Stutter

Individuals who stutter may or may not wish to have assistance with modifying their speech. For those who do, a variety of technologies are available. This article summarizes some of the latest options.

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Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS)

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">TRS) is a family of free services that lets people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech impaired independently place and receive phone calls.  A communication assistant (CA) "translates" between a text or sign language user on one side and a voice telephone user on the other.

This article covers the various types of relay services and how to use them.

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AT Device Loan Programs

We are starting with a list of places in California that loan a range of assistive technology but would be pleased to add other programs. Send suggestions to lwahl@cforat.org.

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Web CapTel: Telephone Captioning on the Go or at Home

Web CapTel captions telephone conversations through web-based captioning. Any phone (including smart phones) may be used; all captions are viewed on a computer screen instead of a standard CapTel display screen.

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AT&T Updates Its Video Relay Service

AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2, which allows deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive Background Article on Relay.

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Google Voice

Google Voice is a free service with useful features for people with hearing loss.

1. You can set it to ring all of your phone numbers (home, cell, work, etc.) whenever anyone calls you.  This increases your chance of hearing the ring.  

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