Deaf and hearing individuals can communicate by telephone through a sign language interpreter by placing a video relay call. Video relay calls are made using a high-speed or broadband Internet connection (i.e. DSL, cable, or T1 line) and a videophone connected to a TV, or through a personal computer equipped with a Web camera and video relay software. The person who is deaf signs to a video interpreter on their monitor, who then communicates with a hearing person via a standard phone line by relaying the conversation between the two parties. For more information regarding video relay services, see the following resources.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gives an informative overview about how this technology works in its "Consumer Facts Sheet: Video Relay Services" at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/videorelay.html
752. Video Remote Interpreting Services (VRI)
Video remote interpreting (VRI) is a fee-for-service form of interpreting which allows consumers to schedule interpreters via a point-to-point videoconference instead of having a live, on-site interpreter.
For more information, go to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) site: http://www.nad.org/issues/technology/vri
753. Virtual Interactive Whiteboard Software
754. Vision Adapted Switches
Switches for people with vision impairments.
755. VOC Detectors
Devices that detect and measure harmful gases in the air and warn if they are present.
756. Vocal Frequency Altering Devices for Standard Telephones
Devices for altering the voice over the telephone.
757. Voice Amplification
A voice amplifier might be used as an accommodation for an individual who has difficulty speaking loudly enough to be heard in noisy environments or who has a medical need to speak softly due to voice limitations. Amplifiers can be personal, portable, hand-held or body worn systems, or large area sound field or public address systems.
758. Voice Changing Software
Computer software that alters the voice in real time.
759. Voice Recognition Memory Devices
Recorders to take verbal notes or reminders of varying sizes.
760. Voice Recorders
Voice recording and playback devices can be used to create reminders and take notes. For example, due to difficulties with memory associated with a seizure disorder or from medications taken, an employee might benefit from the use of a voice recorder that would enable verbal directions / instructions to be recorded. This would enable the employee to listen repeatedly and over an extended period of time if needed.