ERIC Number: ED302985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Equal Telecommunications Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Virginians (TDD/Message Relay Programs). Report to the Governor and the General Assembly of Virginia. House Document No. 9.
Virginia State Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Richmond.
The report addresses issues of telecommunications access for hearing and speech impaired persons in Virginia. Six analyses were performed: (1) Accessibility of service organizations--over 89% of sample organizations were not accessible by a telecommunications device for the deaf and existing TDDs were underutilized; (2) Telephone use by persons with hearing impairments--20,000 to 40,000 Virginians are in need of TDDs; (3) Telephone company services--79% of companies were not accessible by TDD; (4) Message relay services--1.46% of the potential telephone service demand is being met through Virginia's relay services for this population; (5) Other related Virginia programs--there is limited placement by private and public programs of such assistive devices as TDDs, hearing aids, and telebraillers; and (6) Telecommunications access programs in other states--funding varied widely with budgets from a few thousand to $15 million annually. Specific recommendations resulting from the analyses include: an executive order that all state agencies and activities become TDD-accessible; promoting use of telecommunications access strategies by individuals, private, and public organizations; central coordination of state efforts to improve telecommunications access; state financial assistance to message relay services; distribution of TDDs to private persons in need with functional impairments of speech or hearing. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia