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What is Relay South Dakota?

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jan 05, 2016

What is Relay South Dakota?

The goal of Relay South Dakota is to help people who are deaf, are hard of hearing, are deaf-blind or have a speech disability to be a part of the conversation in an easy-to-use, affordable manner.

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4 Common Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss

Posted by Admin on Jul 27, 2017

4 Common Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss

Not all hearing loss is brought on gradually through aging or other causes. Sometimes hearing loss can occur suddenly—and it’s not always immediately evident why. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only approximately 10-15 percent of sudden hearing loss is actually diagnosable.

Nevertheless, here are four common, identifiable causes.

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How to Learn Sign Language: The Basics to Get You Started

Posted by Admin on Jul 13, 2017

How to Learn Sign Language: The Basics to Get You Started

Have you ever wanted to learn a second language? Starting can sometimes be the hardest part. When it comes to American Sign Language (ASL), all it takes is the right first steps to move toward an eventual total understanding.

Here are a few basic tactics to get you started on your road to ASL fluency.

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The “Bad Lip Reading” Videos: What It Tells Us About the Hard-of-Hearing Community

Posted by Admin on Jun 29, 2017

The “Bad Lip Reading” Videos: What It Tells Us About the Hard-of-Hearing Community

Whenever a new “Bad Lip Reading” video is released, viewers get a good laugh. It is entertaining to watch what the creators perceive the people in the videos to be saying because it is almost always wildly out of context of the actual video content.

It’s further proof that it’s easy to make mistakes when you lip-read. Here’s what the “Bad Lip Reading” videos say about the communication style.

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4 Ways Assistive Technology is Changing in 2017

Posted by Admin on Jun 22, 2017

4 Ways Assistive Technology is Changing in 2017

Assistive technology for hard-of-hearing individuals includes products that enhance a person’s hearing capabilities, utilized by those who have experienced hearing loss. There have been many recent developments in assistive technology through the years, including hearing aids, alarms, shakers and some brand-new tools.

Here are four directions assistive technology is headed in 2017.

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Communicating on the Go: 5 Mobile Apps for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Posted by Admin on Jun 15, 2017

Communicating on the Go: 5 Mobile Apps for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Sometimes all the smart technology and screens can seem overwhelming and even distracting. However, technology has a lot of significant pros when it comes to helping the hard-of-hearing and deaf communities. Thanks to incredibly talented app developers, you can use mobile applications on your smartphone to help make conversations feel effortless.

Take a look at some of the hearing- and speech-assistance apps you can download today.

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A History of Sign Language: Where It’s Been and What’s Coming

Posted by Admin on May 25, 2017

A History of Sign Language: Where It’s Been and What’s Coming

Many deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals primarily communicate through sign language. Sign language uses gestures, hand signs and fingerspelling instead of spoken words. Signs can represent single words or entire phrases. Like spoken languages, sign languages also contain grammatical rules, expressions, regional accents and dialects.

But how did it all begin? Let’s take a closer look.

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7 Examples of Assistive Technology for the Hard-of-Hearing

Posted by Admin on Apr 21, 2017

7 Examples of Assistive Technology for the Hard-of-Hearing

Living with hearing loss doesn’t need to be frustrating—there are plenty of technology options to help overcome potential challenges posed by hearing loss.​
Let’s take a look at some of the technology used to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Understanding the Art of Lip Reading: 5 Things to Know

Posted by Admin on Apr 06, 2017

Understanding the Art of Lip Reading: 5 Things to Know

Read my lips! You may have heard that phrase when someone wants to hammer home a point, like a mother telling a child, “Read my lips. You're not having any more ice cream.”

While you usually might not think twice when hearing that phrase, for many hard-of-hearing people lip reading can be an invaluable communication skill.

Here are a few things you should understand about lip reading.

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5 Common Mistakes Made When Communicating with the Hard of Hearing

Posted by Admin on Mar 23, 2017

5 Common Mistakes Made When Communicating with the Hard of Hearing

Let’s say you’re about to have a conversation with a friend, loved one or even a stranger who has experienced hearing loss of some sort. What are you most apt to do? Do you increase your speaking volume? Do you make assumptions about your conversation partner?

Here are just a few of the most common mistakes people make when speaking with hard-of-hearing individuals.

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6 Facts About Sign Language You Didn’t Know

Posted by Admin on Mar 09, 2017

6 Facts About Sign Language You Didn’t Know

Spoken languages are complex and can take years of practice and immersion to gain fluency. Sign languages, like spoken languages, have grammar rules, rhythms and differ from language to language.

Here are six facts you might not have known about sign language.

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How to Improve Your Relationships Amid Hearing Loss

Posted by Admin on Feb 23, 2017

How to Improve Your Relationships Amid Hearing Loss

It’s February—and love is perhaps in the air. When it comes to hearing loss, communication and conversation are even more pivotal to your relationships. It’s important to take the steps to ensure you can engage with the people you love without frustration or miscommunication.

Here are a few tips for managing relationship conversations amid hearing loss.

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Winter 2017: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events

Posted by Admin on Feb 13, 2017

Winter 2017: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events

We’re more than a month into 2017, and it’s already looking busy for Relay South Dakota this season. We have a substantial list of events we’ll be attending throughout the remainder of the season and into spring.

Here are a few of your opportunities to visit with a Relay South Dakota rep about our products and services.

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The Guide to Keeping Your Hearing Safe During Football Games

Posted by Admin on Jan 19, 2017

The Guide to Keeping Your Hearing Safe During Football Games

It’s that time of year—if you’re a pigskin fan, you’re probably going to hit a few games now and again throughout the next few weeks. With the Super Bowl fast approaching, football games are a hotspot.

But when it comes to outdoor or partially outdoor games, are you taking the proper precautions to protect your hearing? Here are some tips.

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New Year’s Resolutions: How to Prioritize Your Hearing in 2017

Posted by Admin on Jan 11, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions: How to Prioritize Your Hearing in 2017

Welcome to another year—with a new set of challenges to face and opportunities to embrace. Many people enjoy making resolutions at the start of the new year, but few follow through on those new-year promises. 

Here are four popular New Year’s resolutions and why addressing your hearing loss can help you achieve them and have a successful 2017.

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How Treating Hearing Loss Affects Your Physical and Mental Health

Posted by Admin on Dec 23, 2016

How Treating Hearing Loss Affects Your Physical and Mental Health

Rule No. 1 when it comes to hearing loss – don’t let it cause you to be anti-social or retreat from spending quality time with friends and family. One of the best ways to avoid this pitfall is to make efforts to treat your hearing loss, whether it’s assistive listening devices (ALDs) or hearing aids.

Here are just some of the many health benefits of taking the time to treat your hearing loss.

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The Gift of Communication: 3 Programs Ideal for Communication Access

Posted by Admin on Dec 14, 2016

The Gift of Communication: 3 Programs Ideal for Communication Access

It’s the holiday season – and what better gift than that of communication? For those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-disabled, communication can be a very useful gift.

Luckily Relay South Dakota offers some programs ideally built for this type of recipient – here’s a rundown of the services available.

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6 Tips for Communicating More Effectively Through Hearing Loss

Posted by Admin on Nov 30, 2016

6 Tips for Communicating More Effectively Through Hearing Loss

Having a thorough conversation can sometimes be a challenge if you or your conversation partner has experienced hearing loss. Missing out on details or having to repeat statements can make conversations frustrating.

Next time, keep these six tips in mind to help your conversations flow more smoothly.

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5 Tips for Managing Hearing Loss in the Workplace

Posted by Admin on Nov 17, 2016

5 Tips for Managing Hearing Loss in the Workplace

Hearing loss can add unnecessary stress and potentially even hinder performance in the workplace. It’s crucial to make sure you and your employer are on the same page so you can perform to the best of your ability at work.

Take a look at these five tips to help you work through hearing loss.

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What is the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program?

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Nov 03, 2016

What is the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program?

Communication assistance isn’t just limited to support for deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. In fact, there’s a national organization that provides tools specifically for deaf-blind people looking to improve their communication access.

The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), or iCanConnect, is a program designed to help individuals with combined hearing and vision loss obtain communication technology.

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4 Pieces of Advice for Hunting with Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Oct 26, 2016

4 Pieces of Advice for Hunting with Hearing Loss

Now that fall has officially arrived, outdoorsy types are preparing for their favorite hunting seasons. No matter what you hunt, hearing can be a huge asset while hunting. However, even if you are deaf, hard of hearing or have profound hearing loss, you can still be an active and successful hunter.

Consider the following four pieces of advice for hard-of-hearing hunters.

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5 Steps to Managing Severe Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Sep 12, 2016

5 Steps to Managing Severe Hearing Loss

Hearing loss happens because of losses of or damage to cilia, the tiny hairs located in your inner ear. Because these hairs can’t be regenerated, it is important to note that any treatment for hearing loss will likely not restore your original levels of hearing ability.

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6 Classroom Tips for Hard-of-Hearing Students

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Aug 29, 2016

6 Classroom Tips for Hard-of-Hearing Students

Schools are full of noise, from the hallways, to the cafeteria, to the classrooms. But when it comes to hard-of-hearing students, teachers should consider a few methods for making the classroom environment ideal for listening and communicating.

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Summer 2016: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Aug 08, 2016

Summer 2016: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events

Relay South Dakota has a lot going in the summer of 2016 – there will be opportunities to come meet our team and learn about our services in August and September.

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6 Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jul 15, 2016

6 Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer

Summer is the season for outdoor activities and getting out of dodge – but many of these frequent events can bring some undue noise and ear pressure to your hearing.

Look out for the following six scenarios in which your hearing might be at risk and may require extra caution and care through protective plugs and muffs.

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4 Important Things to Know About Age Related Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jun 29, 2016

4 Important Things to Know About Age Related Hearing Loss

One of the truest facts in life is that getting older is impossible to avoid. And when it comes to your hearing, age can also bring on some loss of ability that is oftentimes unavoidable.

Keep in mind the following important things when it comes to identifying and treating age-related hearing loss.

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How to Combat Farming Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jun 22, 2016

How to Combat Farming Hearing Loss

In South Dakota, it’s a foregone conclusion that most people will be exposed to agriculture and farming in some capacity, whether it’s a friend or family member who owns, operates or works on or near a farm.

But with farming comes a lot of potential for hearing damage. Keep the following tips in mind to combat farming-related hearing loss.

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10 Common Myths About Lip-Reading

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jun 15, 2016

10 Common Myths About Lip-Reading

When it comes to communicating through hearing loss, one of the best tools at your disposal is learning to lip-read. In the right lighting and with your conversation partner’s face in view, it can be an effective strategy.

There are, however, a lot of assumptions people might make about lip-reading that are false – take a look at these myths.

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Hearing Aids and Accessories: Supplementing Your Hearing

Posted by Admin on Jun 02, 2016

Hearing Aids and Accessories: Supplementing Your Hearing

Hearing aids alone don’t make up your arsenal of tools to maximize your hearing ability. In fact, your hearing aids and assistive listening devices require care and attention to work best.

Make sure you’ve factored in the following accessories for hearing aid care.

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5 Signs You Need to Address Your Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on May 25, 2016

5 Signs You Need to Address Your Hearing Loss

It’s not always easy to tell when your hearing loss has become serious enough that you need to take steps to treat it. But there are several signs and symptoms of a pressing need to address your hearing loss.

Here are just a few of the day-to-day signs that it’s time.

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Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss on the Job

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2016

Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss on the Job

While your employer should make every effort to provide a safe working environment for you and your fellow employees, some jobs require a certain degree of exposure to noise throughout the day, whether it’s sudden or ongoing.

Regardless of your own situation, there are ways to prevent short- and long-term hearing loss that results from a noisy workplace.

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4 Ways You’re Damaging Your Ears

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on May 11, 2016

4 Ways You’re Damaging Your Ears

Just because it’s always been done, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right thing to do. Some standard practices when it comes to your ears, from cleaning to listening, have the potential to do more harm than good in the long run.

The following are some ways in which you might be doing damage to your ears.

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3 Unexpected Costs of Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Apr 28, 2016

3 Unexpected Costs of Hearing Loss

For many, hearing loss is just a part of daily life. With the right tools and services at hand, someone who has experienced hearing loss can live to its fullest without too much trouble.

But when it comes to untreated hearing loss, it can have some unexpected long-term costs, according to recent findings.

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Living with Hearing Loss: 4 Resources Right Here in South Dakota

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Apr 21, 2016

Living with Hearing Loss: 4 Resources Right Here in South Dakota

One of the perceived downfalls of living in a largely rural state is the lack of access to needed health and wellness services. But this is not the case when it comes to living with hearing loss.

There are a variety of resources at your disposal in South Dakota for dealing with the effects of hearing loss in both children and adults.

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A Guide to College Success for Hard-of-Hearing Students

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Apr 13, 2016

A Guide to College Success for Hard-of-Hearing Students

So it’s time to start college… What comes first?

Well, if you’re hard of hearing or hearing-impaired, there are some considerations you should take to ensure you set yourself up for success.

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4 Tips for Protecting Hearing in Teenagers

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Apr 06, 2016

4 Tips for Protecting Hearing in Teenagers

Noise is a fact of life. From your workplace to your home to your surroundings out and about, you’re exposed to some high-decibel sound fairly frequently.

But think about how much more high-volume noise your teenager is exposed to on a daily basis.

Teens more than ever are at risk of hearing loss related to prolonged exposure to noise. Keep the following four factors in mind when it comes to your child’s hearing.

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3 Types of Assistive Listening Devices

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 30, 2016

3 Types of Assistive Listening Devices

When it comes to easing the day-to-day ability of hearing-impaired or hard-of-hearing individuals, assistive listening devices, or “ALDs,” can go a long way toward making hearing and comprehending that much more possible.

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How Treating Your Hearing Loss Treats More than Your Hearing

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 23, 2016

How Treating Your Hearing Loss Treats More than Your Hearing

When you are hearing impaired, adding an assistive-listening device (ALD) or hearing aid to your daily life can be advantageous – after all, it’ll help you have conversations and interact with others more clearly and easily.

But utilizing these devices can have an even bigger impact on your long-term health and quality of life beyond just being able to listen better.

Here are just a few of the positive side effects of using ALDs and hearing aids.

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4 Tips for Stress Relief in People with Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 16, 2016

4 Tips for Stress Relief in People with Hearing Loss

Social interactions and conversations under certain circumstances can be stressful or cause anxiety. Introduce hearing impairment into the equation, and stress can escalate quickly for both people involved.

But it doesn’t have to.

Don’t let frustration and stress seep into your day-to-day conversations. Try out these tips.

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Combating Listener Fatigue in People with Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 09, 2016

Combating Listener Fatigue in People with Hearing Loss

When you’ve suffered from hearing loss, just listening to someone for great lengths of time can be exhausting. What those with normal hearing may not understand is that “listener fatigue” is a real problem for hearing-impaired people.

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7 Well Known People Who Have Experienced Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 02, 2016

7 Well Known People Who Have Experienced Hearing Loss

People who have experienced hearing loss from birth or from childhood illnesses, or impairment related to aging, include individuals from all walks of life. Here are a few well-known public figures who have experienced hearing loss.

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Communication Solutions for Deaf-Blind South-Dakotans

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Feb 24, 2016

Communication Solutions for Deaf-Blind South-Dakotans

Navigating communication with friends and family as a deaf or hard-of-hearing person can be tricky – add blindness or poor eyesight, and the task will likely require special equipment.

Luckily there are tools available for South Dakotans who are deaf-blind – it’s just a matter of requesting them.

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What Causes Hearing Loss?

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Feb 17, 2016

What Causes Hearing Loss?

A variety of factors can contribute to hearing loss, some of which are more prevalent than others. When it comes to prevention and precaution, knowledge of these causes can go a long way. Here are some of the triggers that can cause damage or rupture.

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5 Tips for Talking to Friends and Family

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Feb 10, 2016

5 Tips for Talking to Friends and Family

It can be tough to deal with the onset of hearing loss alone – so make sure you pass along the right knowledge to your friends and family so you have ample support. Once you’ve been seen by an audiologist or otolaryngologist, try on the following tips for size to maximize conversations with those around you.

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Coming Soon: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events

Posted by Admin on Feb 05, 2016

Coming Soon: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events

Relay South Dakota has a lot going on in the first quarter of the year – there will be ample opportunities to come visit the team at a variety of events in February and March.

Here are a few of them:

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Simple Steps for Effective Communication

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jan 27, 2016

Simple Steps for Effective Communication

Communication between those with and without hearing loss can get tricky. The key to making a successful connection is educating and advising hearing people on the best ways to talk to you to prevent frustration on either party’s part. Here are a few steps you can take to make having conversations with hearing people easier:

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9 Travel Tips for Those With Hearing Loss

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jan 20, 2016

9 Travel Tips for Those With Hearing Loss

Traveling with hearing impairment can be challenging, but there are tips and tricks available to make your experience on the go run more smoothly. Try these on for size:

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Technology and You: 4 Relay Services Available

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jan 13, 2016

Technology and You: 4 Relay Services Available

Utilizing Relay South Dakota’s free technology services can help connect you with your loved ones in ways you’ve never imagined. Through relay services, you can contact people around the world any day or time of the year by dialing the toll-free number, 711. Here are how some of the options work.

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Meet the Relay South Dakota Outreach & Education Team!

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jul 13, 2015

Meet the Relay South Dakota Outreach & Education Team!
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Sprint Relay Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jun 12, 2015

Sprint Relay Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Relay SD selected Sprint Relay as its provider of choice last summer following a robust RFP process. Sprint Relay, the nation’s largest Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) provider, brings years of experience to this exciting partnership as it celebrates 25 years of service in 2015. 

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Relay SD Sponsors SD Association of the Deaf 50th Anniversary

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on May 29, 2015

Relay SD Sponsors SD Association of the Deaf 50th Anniversary

Relay South Dakota in partnership with Sprint Relay sponsors the upcoming 50th Anniversary of South Dakota Association ofthe Deaf! 

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Exciting Preview from Ultratec: Braille CapTel

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jul 24, 2014

Exciting Preview from Ultratec: Braille CapTel

CapTel looks and acts just like any other telephone, with one important difference: it provides text captions of everything a caller says. If you cannot hear what the caller says, you can read the captions on the built-in display and coming soon - on a dynamic braille display!

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New Communications Technology Reconnecting South Dakota’s Deaf-Blind

Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 03, 2014

New Communications Technology Reconnecting South Dakota’s Deaf-Blind

Gayle Aamold, a 72-year-old grandmother from Hartford, South Dakota, is computer savvy.  She’s a whiz on email, surfing the internet, posting on Facebook and calling with Skype. But her low vision and hearing –

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