[Athen] TTY numbers -- still a thing?

Paul E. Paire paire at temple.edu
Tue May 3 08:42:55 PDT 2016

In fact the settlement announced today with the Columbia South Carolina police department specifically calls for TTY devices.

News article on it: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-reaches-settlement-columbia-south-carolina-police-department-ensure
Actual settlement agreement: http://www.ada.gov/columbia_pd/columbia_pd_sa.html

In short, under the settlement agreement, the CPD will:

Provide auxiliary aids and services free of charge, including sign language interpreters, to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, within proscribed time frames;
Modify handcuffing policies to handcuff deaf individuals in front, safety permitting, to enable the person to communicate using sign language or writing;
Designate an ADA coordinator for law enforcement;
Develop and utilize a communication card to communicate with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing during routine interactions in the field;
Develop a communication assessment form to assess, in consultation with an arrestee, what auxiliary aids or services are necessary, and the timing, duration and frequency with which they will be provided;
Provide at least one TTY and one videophone at each CPD station and sub-station;
Conduct annual ADA training for CPD personnel and;
Adopt and publish grievance procedures providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints against CPD alleging any action that would be prohibited by Title II or the agreement.


-----Original Message-----
From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Maria Bohn
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 1:43 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] TTY numbers -- still a thing?

Also there are a lot of service organizations who still have TTY's to communicate - think police stations etc.

Maria Bohn
Senior Resource Accommodation Specialist Assistive Technology Office of Specialized Services Bergen Community College

From: Kathleen Cahill <kcahill at mit.edu<mailto:kcahill at mit.edu>>
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Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:17 AM
To: Access Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list at u.washington.edu>>
Subject: [Athen] TTY numbers -- still a thing?

Hi Colleagues,

We recently had a discussion with our Telecommunications staff who were trying to track down the former sites of all TTY devices that were on campus. A lot of them have been disconnected and or gotten rid of since they are an older technology. However, I would like to ask how your university is handling this issue. Do you have any TTYs on campus? Are they advertised on the university contact page? I know that Video Relay is much more in use as well as email by deaf/HOH users but I would like to know if there are any good reasons to retain TTYs, perhaps for consumers who have older technologies they still use for communication.


Kathleen Cahill
MIT Assistive Technology Information Center (ATIC)
77 Mass. Ave. 7-143
Cambridge MA 02139
(617) 253-5111
kcahill at mit.edu<mailto:kcahill at mit.edu>

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