Thursday, November 16, 2006

Videophones at airport ease travel for hearing impaired

Another step toward accommodating hearing impaired ...

"Sorenson Communications has announced the installation of two videophone booths for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals at a public airport for the first time, on each side of Salt Lake City International Airport's two baggage claim areas. [via The Salt Lake Tribune]

The innovative videophone booths, most often installed in deaf schools and community access centers, make communication between the deaf and hard-of-hearing community and the hearing world easier than ever.

How does it work:

To use a videophone booth, a deaf or hard-of-hearing individual enters a private booth equipped with a Sorenson VP-200 videophone connected to both a television and high-speed Internet. He or she enters the phone number of the hearing individual being called. Through the Sorenson Video Relay Service, a qualified ASL interpreter appears on the screen, connects the individuals and relays the conversation between them. The hearing party receiving the call uses a standard phone line."    (Continued via textually.org)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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