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ERIC Number: ED307775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Minitel by the Deaf Population, for Communication, Public Information Services.
Besson, R.
The paper reports on the development of videotex services appropriate for the communication needs of hearing-impaired and speech-impaired persons in France. The videotex service, called TELETEL, serves 3.8 million business and home users with approximately 8,500 services through the public telephone network and packet switching network. TELETEL services include access to the MINITEL data base. Uses of MINITEL by persons suffering from a hearing or speech impairment include communication by means of text messages, utilizing the information services of MINITEL, or utilizing special services made available on the system by regional organizations and associations of disabled users. Although deaf users have positive reactions of MINITEL, only 15% of the deaf population are users due to such reasons as lack of information and fear of technology. Improved services and equipment as well as lower costs are needed to provide more complete access to videotex services for the disabled in France. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France