What’s Good for Deaf isn’t Always Good for Deafblind

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What’s Good for Deaf isn’t Always Good for Deafblind

Every time there’s a new technology advancement for the Deaf Community, the Deafblind (DB) get left behind. Here are some examples:

  • The Caption Decoder, the Deaf applauded we can read the TV! But the Deafblind found it hard to see, and couldn’t adjust size or font.
  • The TTY, they’ve been around since the ‘60s with their big hulking machines. But adaptations for the DB did not happen until the early ‘80s with a Braille type TTY.
  • The Videophone, well that’s pretty self-explanatory, the DB would be limited in seeing a signer on a TV screen.
  • Smartphones with Relay apps, Face to Face Video chats, etc. Using a Smartphone is pretty limited unless you have a Brailler attached to it to “read” everything.

There’s been news of Relay Services such as Sorenson dropping their IP Relay services. This is sad news for the Deafblind community who rely on text relay for communication.
We need to rally support for the Deafblind Community and get them involved in ALL Deaf happenings.
It’s pretty simple to figure out. Look at a Technology for the Deaf, then squint your eyes to limit your vision, or close your eyes altogether. Can you use it now?


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