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ERIC Number: ED509249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
How to Use a TTY. NETAC Teacher Tipsheet
Holcomb, Barbara Ray, Comp.
Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC), Rochester Institute of Technology
The teletypewriter, or TTY, is a device that lets deaf and hearing people type back and forth using regular telephone lines. The teletypewriter has been called by several names, including Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) or Text Telephone (TT). However, a national organization, Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. (TDI), has taken a firm stand and endorses the acronym of "TTY" to represent all text telephones. TDI publishes a national directory and guide to resources that are available to enhance telecommunications accessibility for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech impaired. This paper provides tips for using a TTY. These include: (1) equipment needed for a TTY conversation and how much they cost; (2) how to make a TTY call; (3) how to save time when making a TTY call; (4) TTY etiquette; and (5) tips for educators.
Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC). National Technical Institute for the Deaf, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604. Tel: 585-475-6433; Fax: 585-475-7660; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Authoring Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology, Northeast Technical Assistance Center(NETAC)