Technology & Services
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Hands & Voices HQ articles on many different technologies can be found HERE (CI, HA, CART, TTY, CC, BAHA and more)
CART Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is a word-for-word speech-to-text interpreting service for people with a hearing loss or who would otherwise benefit from this accommodation.
C-Print is a speech-to-text system developed at NTID as a communication access service option for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
Communication access and notes for people who need alternative or additional support
Personal frequency modulation (FM) systems are like miniature radio stations operating on special frequencies. The personal FM system consists of a transmitter microphone used by the speaker (such as the teacher in the classroom, or the speaker at a lecture) and a receiver used by the listener. Hearing Aid w FM Simulation video
Deaf Blind Equipment Gallery tools that can help those who are visually/hearing-challenged connect, communicate, collaborate, learn and work in an increasingly digital world
Demonstrations and simulations of hearing loss and technology in use can be found HERE
Article: There's an App for that!
Contact your DARS representative for more information!
There are many different devices and apps available to assist the d/hh in communicating long distance using a phone or tablet.
Speech to Text - The phone conversation is captioned through a free captioning service and displayed on the phone's screen but also still available for listening. The user needs to be able to speak and read to get the most from these devices. Captioning for phones and mobile phones can be found at places like CapTel, CaptionCall, ClearCaption and more.
Sign to Voice/sign to sign - Free Video Relay Services are available for persons who use sign language to communicate. The call is made through video equipment and high speed internet. If a D/HH user is contacting/contacted by a hearing user, a sign language interpreter at the service provider "relays messages from ASL to spoken English and vice versa for a call between a video caller who communicates in ASL and a voice telephone user" VRS can be found through services such as Sorenson, Purple, ZVRS and more. http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/videorelay.pdf
In addition to the above services, the DARS - DHHS Specialized Telecommunication Assistance Program (STAP) s a voucher program that provides financial assistance to Texans with disabilities that interfere with access to the telephone networks for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment or services.
ERCOD has an excellent page on Interpreters HERE
Interveners - An intervener provides a bridge to the world for the person who is deafblind. By definition, an intervener is a one-to-one service provider with specialized training and skills in deafblindness. The intervener helps the person gather information, learn concepts and skills, develop communication and language, and establish relationships that lead to greater independence.
From ADI Assistance Dogs International
"Hearing Dogs assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals by alerting them to a variety of household sounds such as a door knock or doorbell, alarm clock, oven buzzer, telephone, baby cry, name call or smoke alarm. Dogs are trained to make physical contact and lead their deaf partners to the source of the sound.
Hearing Dogs are generally mixed breeds acquired from animal shelters and are small to medium in size. Prior to formal audio response training, the younger adoptees are raised and socialized by volunteer puppy raisers. Hearing Dogs are identified by an orange collar and leash and/or vest."
Where to find sign classes
Here are some links to a few classes/instruction opportunities for some communication options you might be interested in.
Deaf Network's list of some ASL classes across Texas can be found HERE
FAMILY SIGNS is a free sign language instruction program that provides one-on-one classes using computers with a high-speed Internet connection or videophones when available. This program is intended for parents of deaf or hard of hearing children who want to improve their sign language skills but do not have easy access to traditional sign language classes. Family Signs is coordinated by the Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD).
Communication Skills Workshop provides professional training for ASL Teachers, Deaf Education Teachers, Interpreters (non-certified, Level I, II, III, and Basic), Interpreter-Aides, and Parents of deaf children in Texas.
Also check with your local school district and church/place of worship, some offer ASL classes for families.
- ASLonline - online tutorials following the structure and lessons of the, Signing Naturally (from Dawn Sign Press), textbook; created by the University of Texas Department of Linguistics ASL Program
- American Sign Language Library - from embe Outreach, includes online ASL dictionaries and videos for Biology, Countries & Geographical Areas, Geography, Government, Elementary Mathematics, Secondary Mathematics, Physics, Technology, US History, and Auto Mechanics
- ASL-STEM Forum - presents Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics terms in American Sign Language
- ASLPro.com - includes dictionaries, quizzes, additional tools, and online store
- ASLU (ASL University) - online American Sign Language curriculum resource center; free materials, lessons, quizzes, and information and fee-based instructor-guided courses
- Baby Sign Language Dictionary
- Dr. Bill Vicar's American Sign Language (ASL) Fingerspelling Practice Site
- Handspeak.com - information on sign language, dictionary, fingerspelling, and baby sign
- Science Signs - Courtesy of the NTID Science Signs Project at http://www.rit.edu/ntid/sciencesigns/
- Texas Math Sign Language Dictionary
- 1001 Books in ASL
Signing Exact English
Please contact us and let us know if you have other links that should be here!