TAG takes deaf telephone relay services campaign online

20 10 2010

TAG wants to hear from you!

The campaign to enable deaf and hard-of-hearing people to access the telephone as easily and at the same price as hearing people has gone online to reach a wider audience.

Anyone can find out more about the campaign on the new TAG website, on Facebook and on Twitter @DeafTAG. There is information about the newer types of relay services that ought by now to be widely available in the UK, case studies of the telecoms needs of deaf people, hints on how to contact and lobby MPs, latest campaign developments and much more.

Ruth Myers, Chairman of TAG, said: “We are taking the campaign to bring deaf telecoms into the 21st century online so that more deaf and hearing people will understand the issues and start lobbying their MPs for the changes that we so badly need. We are providing lots of campaign information online and giving people the chance to air their views and needs.

“We want to hear from deaf individuals who are frustrated through not having access to modernised relay services because of availability and/or cost. And we also want to hear from hearing people who also want to benefit from being able to contact deaf family, friends, colleagues and customers via the new types of relay that need to be made available in the UK.

“From being one of the leaders in deaf telecoms, the UK is now lagging behind many other countries where services like video relay and captioned relay are readily available at no extra cost to users. The UK urgently needs to catch up and give deaf and hard of hearing people a fair deal.

“TAG is very grateful to Geemarc for sponsoring the website. Any other organisation or individual who can contribute to the Campaign is very welcome to contact us!”

TAG is a consortium of the main UK deaf organisations concerned with electronic communications and is campaigning for improved electronic communications for deaf, deafened, hard-of-hearing, and deafblind people, and sign language users.

Follow TAG on TAGFacebook and Twitter @DeafTAG.

Media Contact
Stephen Fleming at Palam Communications
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Research on Lipreading Regional Accents

11 02 2009

RLRA (Research on Lipreading Regional Accents) is a social research site to help lipreaders in today’s society and for society to understand about the world of lipreading.

Facebook group

Calling all Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Geordie and Scouse accented speakers. Deaf, HOH or of normal hearing. Please take part in the Initial Survey. RLRA needs you.

I did the survey and there is one question that will prove difficult for everyone to answer: “Please select the percentage of hearing loss that you have”. Hearing loss isn’t measured in terms of percentages, it’s measured in decibels, and there is no conversion scale to enable me to ‘convert’ my hearing loss. Oops.

RLRA has a blog – you need to create an account to be able to leave a comment.

SprintIP Relay for Facebook – phone on the go!

7 05 2008

Sprint IP Relay makes communicating on-the-go easier than ever. You can now express yourself using SprintIP Relay through Facebook. Place your relay calls on any computer with internet access using SprintIP.

Take traditional relay technology up a notch. Communicate comfortably and dependably using SprintIP to type your conversation to a Relay Operator. The Relay Operator then reads aloud your typed message and turns verbal responses into text. So no matter where life takes you, access to an internet connection and computer means you can stay in touch 24/7. BUT… it only works in the USA! International calls will either be blocked or terminated.

To use Sprint IP with Facebook:

* Log in to Facebook
* In the search box, type Sprintip, then press Enter
* Add the application SprintIP Relay
* Choose the “Put a box in my profile option”
* It will then appear on your profile page
* To share, just click the ‘Share with Friends’ link and add the names of individuals you want to share SprintIP with
* Easy and convenient! No “GA” needed
* SprintIP offers English and Spanish service
* To connect with a Spanish relay operator, type Espanol
* Type Help to connect to Sprint Relay Customer Service

Instructions on how to use this service: Sprint Relay instructions for Facebook

I’m sooooooo jealous! The campaign to get captioned relay phone calls reinstated in the UK (and free of charge) is in it’s second stage. Join the campaign’s Facebook group at Campaign : Deaf people want greater access to modern phone technology where you will be updated with the latest news, or check out the CAMPAIGNS tab above.