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Telecast Links Using Technology to Enhance Educational Services

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Adaptive Technology and Technical Assistance:

  • Project EASI http://www.rit.edu/~easi

  • Equal Access to Software and Information
  • Technology Access Program http://tap.gallaudet.edu/

  • TAP is a research group focusing on technologies and services that eliminate communication barriers traditionally faced by deaf and hard of hearing people. Great website!
  • Technology Assistance Program http://tap.orst.edu

  • Oregon State University. Ron Stewart is the Technology Access Coordinator for TAP. His web pages are a great information resource on legislation around technology access (including web pages), such as Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehab Act of 1973, ADA, IDEA, Assistive Technology Act of 1998, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
  • TRACE website http://trace.wisc.edu/text/guidelns/software/software.html

  • detailed description of accessibility issues surrounding websites and computer software

    Also http://trace.wisc.edu/docs/html_guidelines/htmlguide.htm
  • Web Page Authoring-info for accessible web pages http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-WAI-PAGEAUTH-19990115/full-checklist
Automatic Speech Recognition Projects:
Captioning, Summary Transcription, CART:
  • C-Print http://netac.rit.edu/c-print.html
  • A summary transcription service used to provide communication access to classrooms, meetings, etc. Similar to CART, except that computers are used instead of stenography equipment, and the training period is much shorter. Transcripts are not word-for-word, but meaning-for-meaning. See the website for a list of training dates.
  • The Caption Center http://www.wgbh.org/caption
  • Captioned Media Program http://www.cfv.org
  • Huge library of captioned films to choose from. Enter a title and see if they have a captioned version of it! Great site for educators!
  • Captioning and Video Requirements http://wiscinfo.doit.wisc.edu/fpm/accessibility/access7.htm
  • CARTWheel (Realtime Writers working in educational settings) www.cartwheel.cc
    Gary Robson www.robson.org/gary/writing/rthiring.html
  • Communique Text2U http://www.text2u.com
  • Provide remote realtime captioning through TextStreaming via the internet
  • Microsoft's Captioning Technology http://www.microsoft.com/enable/
  • National Center for Accessible Media (CPB/WGBH) http://www.wgbh.org/ncam Developers of Magpie digital video captioning program (free and downloadable from their website)
  • National Court Reporters Foundation
  • Contact 703-556-6289 (tty) 703-556-6291 (fax) 800-272-6272 (voice) for information on qualified CART providers in your area.
  • RapidText http://rapidtext.com 949-399-9200 (voice); 949-399-9273 (tty)
  • Services include captioning videos, producing transcripts of videos, and remote realtime captioning.
  • Realtime Writers http://cart.ncraonline.org/
  • Typewell http://www.typewell.com

  • A summary transcription service used to provide communication access to classrooms, meetings, etc. Similar to CART, except that computers are used instead of stenography equipment, and the training period is much shorter. Transcripts are not word-for-word, but meaning-for-meaning. See the website for a list of training dates.
Cochlear Implants:
Companies Selling Assistive Devices:
Catalogs are a great way to learn about assistive technology and what is available!
  • Audex http://www.audex.com 1-800-237-0716, Fax: 1-800 283-3974
  • Amplified cordless phones and cell phones, ALDs.
  • Beyond Hearing Aids http://www.beyondhearingaids.com
  • This is a great site with very helpful functional information and articles about using ALDs. 1-800-838-1649
  • Centrum Sound http://centrumsound.com; Phone: 408-736-6500 Fax: 408-736-6552
  • Communitech http://www.communitech.com Phone (toll free): 888-795-7222
  • Carries amplified telephone and computer headset products
  • Comtek http://www.comtek.com
  • DeVilbiss DeVelopment Co., LTD. http://www.deafmall.net/devilbiss/
  • Assistive listening systems at reasonable prices. Cochlear Implant attenuators, neck loops, FM systems & more. Need something built to your needs? Contact devilbiss@deafmall.net, 703-534-1681
  • General Technologies http://www.devices4less.com/index.html
  • 1-800-328-6684 (v/tty); 916-962-9225 (v/tty); 916-961-9823 (fax)
  • HARC Mercantile http://www.harcmercantile.com 800-445-9968 Voice/TTY
  • Harris Communications, Inc. http://www.harriscomm.com/
  • Sells wide variety of devices from classroom-use Assistive Listening Devices to amplified stethyscopes. 1-800-825-6758 (voice); 1-800-825-9187 (tty)
  • Hear-More http://www.hearmore.com 1-800-881-4327 (voice); 1-800-281-3555 (tty)
  • Hearing Resources http://www.earlink.com
  • Web pages are very nicely done. Lots of pictures with descriptions of devices and how they are used.
  • Hello Direct http://www.hellodirect.com
  • Hitec http://www.hitec.com 1-800-288-8303 / 1-800-536-8890 TTY / 1-888-654-9219 FAX
  • They sell an amplified 900 MHz cordless phone, with jack for headset, headphones or neckloop. Amplified up to 30dB gain.
  • LS&S Group http://www.lssgroup.com
  • Specializing in products for the visually and hearing impaired. 1-800-468-4789 (voice); 1-800-317-8533 (tty)
  • NFSS Communications http://www.nfss.com/welcome.htm
  • TTYs, amplified phones, alerting devices, Wyndtell pagers and more!
  • Oticon http://www.oticonus.com
  • neat section on hearing aid history
  • Phonak http://www.phonak.com
  • wireless FM hearing aids, multi-microphone technology
  • Phonic Ear http://www.phonicear.com
    Sound Field systems, FM, Telepin and other systems for use with behind-the-ear hearing aids
  • Robert Mendoza romb_94928@yahoo.com Cochlear Implant custom cables, cell phone adaptors, audio mixers. 707-585-0609
  • Sonus http://www.sonus.com
  • Weitbrecht Communications http://www.weitbrechtcom.com 1-800-233-9130 V/TTY

Federal Law, Accessibility Info:

Lists of links:

  • Audiology Net http://www.audiologynet.com/hearing-aids.html
    Audiology Information for the Masses (extensive lists under headings Hearing Aids and Anatomy of the Ear)
  • DeafWeb Washington http://www.wolfnet.com/~hydronut/newsletr.htm
    Lists newsletters (many online links), Newsgroups and ListServs, Chat Sites, and Newspaper and Radio sites.
  • Deaf World Web http://dww.deafworldweb.org/
  • Hearing and Hearing Disorders http://www.mankato.msus.edu/dept/comdis/kuster2/audiology.html#treatment
    HUGE list described as a 'virtual textbook of pointers'. Includes a link to the Hearing Loss Simulator Site
  • Internet Resources Related to Hearing Loss  http://www.wou.edu/education/sped/nwoc/ald.htm
  • PEPNet Resource Center http://prc.csun.edu/
  • You'll find LOTS of free materials here!
  • RIT Library Deaf and Hard of Hearing Table of Contents http://wally.rit.edu/internet/subject/deafness.html

  • Unbelievable list of deafness related internet resources (I printed 37 pages), divided by topic. Many multicultural sites, as well.

Relay Options:

Sign Language/Interpreting:
Telephone Technology:
Phones, pagers, e-mail:
Sample List of PEPNet Products:
  • "Broadcasting Across the Miles: A Satellite Producer’s Guide"#1117
  • "Demystifying Assistive Listening Devices" #1073
  • National Task Force on Quality of Services in the
    Postsecondary Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
    • Report on Assistive Listening Devices #1004
    • Real-Time Speech-To-Text Services #1052
  • Assistive Technology Handbook (MCPO Website)
  • A Closer Look: Creating Interactive CD-ROMs for Sign Language Vocabulary Development (PEC Website)
  • Evaluating Speech-To-Text Communication Access Providers: A Quality Assurance Issue (PEC Website)
  • PEPNet '02 Conference Proceedings...available soon (PEC Website)
  • "Providing Real-time Captioning, C-Print Speech to Print Transcription and Assistive Listening Devices – Questions & Answers" #1097
  • "Providing Real-time Captioning, C-Print™, and ALD’s" #1090 (Video)
  • "Providing Services for Students who are Hard of Hearing in Postsecondary Education: Questions and Answers" #1119
  • "Services for the Hard of Hearing Student in Postsecondary Education" #1101 (Video)
  • NETAC Teacher Tipsheets:
    • C-Print: A Notetaking System #1010
    • How To Use A TTY #1070
    • Computer Aided Real Time (CART) #1043
    • The Role of Assistive Listening Devices in the Classroom #1009
    • Telecommunications Relay Service #1044
    • Cochlear Implants #1089

WROCC at WOU On-line Training Modules:

  • Demystifying Assistive Listening Devices: The devil is in the detail In addition to the various ALDs and how they work, this presentation includes vital information for the person with a hearing loss, the speaker, and service delivery personnel to ensure successful experiences with the devices.
  • You Don't Know What You've Been Missing! This presentation covers alerting and signaling devices that make auditory signals in our environments (e.g., phones ringing, door bells, sirens, fire alarms) accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing individual
  • Defining Communication Access for Individuals who are Hard of Hearing Service providers often question whether a student who is hard of hearing (as opposed to Deaf) would qualify for services in postsecondary settings. Specifically, many hard-of-hearing individuals request print accommodations and service providers are often at a loss as to how to evaluate if this is an appropriate accommodation for the individual. The goal of this module is to help service providers develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various accommodations in the range of learning environments to help them better understand when print accommodations are appropriate.
  • For Whom the Bell Flashes: Telecommunications Options Need some ideas on how to improve your ability to communicate on the telephone? This module includes information and websites on amplification, cell phones, video relay, 2-line voice carry over, IP relay and, of course, POTS (that's Plain Old Telephone Service).
  • Internet Resources Related to Hearing Loss Interested in quickly finding information on hearing loss related issues? Check out WROCC at WOU's webpage on Internet Resources Related to Hearing Loss. You'll find links to information on cochlear implants, sign language, consumer groups, ADA, cued speech, Deaf culture, assistive technology, and e-mail discussion lists. This website is updated regularly...keep an eye on it for new links.
  • Beyond Hearing Aids: Job Accommodations for Individuals who are Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened This module introduces a variety of accommodations that helps individuals with hearing loss remain productive on the job.

E-mail Discussion Groups:

  • E-mail discussion groups are a great way to be in touch with others around the world who have similar interests. These lists are formed around a topic or interest, and you join the list by signing on to receive everyone's posts. There are lists formed around specific dog breeds, computer programs, and social and political interests. Some lists are pretty quiet, with less than 10 messages a day being sent to your mailbox. Other lists are very busy, and if you do not check your e-mail regularly, you can easily fill you mailbox to its limit. (For a more exact description, see About Electronic Mailing Lists.)

How to Subscribe:

  • Send an e-mail message to the linked addresses below. The message should be either: subscribe NameOfList or subscribe NameOfList Your Name. The subject line doesn't matter. You are sending a command to a computer, so don't put anything else in the message (and don't forget to TURN OFF your signature files when sending this message). You'll receive instructions back on how to post messages to the list. You'll start receiving messages automatically.
Locating Other Listservs:

Email Lists:

  • Adaptive Technology And Technology Access in Post-Secondary Institutions listserv@mail.orst.edu subscribe adtech-ps firstname lastname
  • Beyond_Hearing: Excellent, supportive, informative list whose members include technology experts, audiologists, advocates, parents, and of course, people living with hearing impairments. Expect about 20-30 messages a day, covering topics from assistive listening devices, hearing aid technology, and cochlear implants to captioned movies, service dogs, and personal experiences. Check out the B-H webpage for more info and to meet members of the group! majordomo@duke.edu subscribe beyond-hearing
  • Cochlear Implant Forum: For people who have or are interested in CIs. listserv@yorku.ca subscribe ci your name CI Forum FAQ http://members.home.net/peter-c/ci/ciforumfaq.htm
  • Deaf_L: Deafness and deaf culture listserv@siucvmb.siu.edu subscribe DEAF-L
  • Deafness Program Administrators majordomo@lists.sonic.net subscribe deafadm youre-mailaddress
    example: subscribe deafadm cheryld@oregon.edu

  • EduDeaf: Curriculum, teaching strategies listserv@lsv.uky.edu subscribe EDUDEAF your name
  • HOH-LD-News Hard of Hearing/Late Deafened News Send a blank e-mail to HOH-LD-News-subscribe@onelist.com
    Archives at http://www.hearinglossweb.com

  • NOISE (Network for Overcoming Increased Silence Effectively): Forum to discuss topics of concern to hard of hearing/deaf medical (human medicine, nursing, dental, veterinary, etc.) professionals world-wide. It is also intended to be a means of support linking hard of hearing/deaf medical professionals. Contact Danielle at drastet@attglobal.net for more information.
    listserver@lists.acs.ohio-state.edu subscribe NOISE your name

  • PEPNetWork Postsecondary Education Programs Network listserv@listserver.rit.edu subscribe PEPNETWORK your name
  • Say What Club (SWC) Write info@saywhatclub.comfor information on how to join, or check out their website at Say What Club.

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