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RE: Accessibility for Deaf

From: Bailey, Bruce <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 08:36:50 -0400
Message-ID: <CCDBDCBFA650F74AA88830D4BACDBAB50B2D48E4@wdcrobe2m02.ed.gov>
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> A client of ours has suggested putting some sign language images on 
> their site that tells visitors to call a special phone line 
> kitted out for braille based phones.

The bit about "Braille based phones" has me very confused.  Are you talking about a TDD or TTY?

Do you already have a special TTY number for folks to call into?  If so, advertising its availability is good and sign language images could be a nice gimmick, but you are correct that it is not required -- since TTY use is text based and requires literacy.

As a general rule, the Deaf do not use Braille, at least no more than the population at large.

Or are you talking about TTYs fitted with dynamic Braille displays, typically used by those who are both Deaf and Blind?  These folks use the same telephony services as regular TTYs, so it seems odd to me -- but highly progressive -- that you would have a special phone line just for them.  This population, like the larger blind community, does not benefit from images, only the textual alternatives.
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