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Mobile Phone Accessibility Features

Mobile Phone Accessibility Features

Technology impacts communities in different ways. For the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, assistive technology has made large leaps in recent years. Everything from digital assistants to live captioning has helped people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate. Ever since mobile devices and internet-based technologies have become essential parts of our daily lives, accessibility has been a must. With technology improving by the day, there might be some applications that you should be aware of that slip through the cracks.

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Stay Connected at No-Cost: Relay Equipment Program

Stay Connected at No-Cost: Relay Equipment Program

A mandated nationwide system of telecommunication relay service has assisted people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech impairments ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was established. Over the years, it’s helped families, friends, coworkers and acquaintances stay connected. 

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Holidays with the Hard of Hearing: 3 Communication Tips

Holidays with the Hard of Hearing: 3 Communication Tips

The holidays are a great time to celebrate with friends and family. There’s plenty of joy to spread, food to eat and games to play. During this time of year, everyone deserves to be in on the fun. But those with hearing loss may be subject to seclusion during this festive time. This year has been isolating – don’t let “the most wonderful time of the year” be isolating, too. That’s why we came up with this list to help ensure the holidays are jolly for everyone.   

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What You Can Do to Make the Holidays Bright for those with Hearing Loss

What You Can Do to Make the Holidays Bright for those with Hearing Loss

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, isn’t it? Celebration calls for gatherings of groups of people – and as 2020 has taught us, sometimes this isn’t always in person, but rather via a phone call or family video chat. Ironically, it’s often these large, happy gatherings that make certain people feel terribly isolated. When someone struggles to hear, conversations drain away the festive feeling.

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Stay Connected with CapTel

Stay Connected with CapTel

Effective communication can strengthen family bonds, rekindle old friendships and build trust. Without the right tools, though, communication can be hindered. If you or someone you love has difficulty hearing on the phone, Relay South Dakota can help. CapTel phones allow users the ability to listen and read captions of everything spoken during telephone conversations.

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How to Be an Ally for the Deaf Community

How to Be an Ally for the Deaf Community

Do you consider yourself a Deaf Ally? There are many different definitions of an ally, just like there are many ways to help promote equality. For this discussion, the most important definition of an ally is someone who is united with the deaf community to promote equality. Being an ally means so much more than simple consideration for the deaf community. Action and accountability are key to help facilitate support.

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Tech Tools for the Hard of Hearing

Tech Tools for the Hard of Hearing

Assistive technology can improve people’s lives considerably. It promotes independence, productivity and inclusion to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. We live in a world that’s quickly evolving, and because of this, assistive technology is prime for innovation and production. Over 54 million Americans have a condition that requires some type of assistance throughout their day – so there’s plenty of need for assistive technology.

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Tips for Improving the Classroom Experience for Hard of Hearing Students

Tips for Improving the Classroom Experience for Hard of Hearing Students

This has already been a tough year for students and teachers, but as school doors open this fall and winter, they may experience more challenges than ever before. This is surely true for students with hearing loss… and for teachers that are new to accommodating these students. Teachers of course embrace the responsibility to teach every single student in the classroom. While students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may require accommodations to learn effectively, it’s up to the instructors and teachers to ensure proper schooling.

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Teleworking: 5 Ways Relay Conference Captioning Can Help

Teleworking: 5 Ways Relay Conference Captioning Can Help

We’re living in fast times. During the 21st century, there have been tremendous strides made in communication technologies. Because of these technologies, people can work remotely. When work can be performed from home or anywhere with a Wi-Fi or wireless signal, it is sometimes expected. Knowing the ins and outs of conference captioning can make telework easier and accessible.  

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What is Relay South Dakota?

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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