Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Sunday, 02.18.2018
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4
 5  6  7  8  9  10  11
 12  13  14  15  16  17  18
 19  20  21  22  23  24  25
 26  27  28  29  30
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local

Members Of

Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Nov 02,2006
ODS Announces New Communication System will Aid Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Oregonians
by Bend Weekly News Sources

Thousands of Oregonians who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or have a speech impairment are about to have an easier time communicating with the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services thanks to a new software system the agency is installing.

The software replaces the traditional teletypewriter (TTY) with a network telephony service that combines telephone technology with the Internet and gives users the feeling of a more natural conversation.

"Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals face challenges with everyday communications that hearing people take for granted," said OVRS Administrator Stephaine Parrish Taylor. "Now, anyone with an Internet connection can call, or be called, by a TTY. Network telephony allows users to chat live with each other over the Internet, anytime, anywhere."

In addition to improved customer service, other states using network telephony services also have reported increased productivity and increased savings from not having to repair or replace TTY machines, Taylor said.

With software called NexTalk, users can answer calls from a TTY or a computer, eliminating the need to own special TTY-compatible hardware. The calls ring directly to a person's PC, allowing real-time communication.

The software features a split screen that shows each party's portion of the text conversation in a distinctive color, allowing a more natural conversation flow. The software also has an instant messaging feature. But unlike instant messaging, where the recipient can't read a sender's response until received, NexTalk provides letter-by-letter interactive communication.

"The ability to communicate continuously and effectively is critical to employment, social life and general well-being," said Taylor. "People with hearing or speech disabilities need to communicate with the rest of the world, just like anyone else."

OVRS serves more than 18,000 Oregonians through its four core programs -- Basic Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Youth Transition Program, Supported Employment and Independent Living. About 97 percent of clients meet the federal definition for persons with severe disabilities.

Clients typically have multiple and complex disability issues and require services that include professional counseling, evaluation of strengths and challenges, vocational skills training, job placement, and support services to achieve and maintain employment.

Oregonians served through OVRS annually earn more than $41.8 million and generate more than $9.6 million in tax revenue.

3111 times read

Related news
Advertisers Embrace 'Rich Media' Format by NewsUSA posted on Feb 09,2006

State's problem gambling program introduces electronic messaging by Bend_Weekly_News_Sources posted on Aug 31,2007

Outfitting A New Computer Can Cost Less Than You Think by Jonathan Sidener posted on Jul 28,2006

Internet Safety Program Combats Online Predators by NewsUSA posted on Feb 09,2006

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 21 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum


Deschutes County

  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?