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New tech gives deaf, blind people ability to communicate

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New technology is giving blind and deaf people a new way to communicate with people who don’t know sign language. Kxly4, Kalae Chock, got a chance to try out the deaf-blind communicator. In a world where so many of us depend on the sights and sounds around us to get by in life, it’s hard to imagine a world where you can’t see... And a world where you can’t hear. That’s the world 82 year old Betty Palmer lives in every day. She was born deaf and went blind in her 40's. There was a lot of frustration... And.... And, just the feeling of “I don’t want to be blind”, you know? But it was something I had to learn to accept. Now, Betty depends on her interpreter Debra Acquet to help her communicate. Debra spells words in to Betty´s hand, Betty signs back Debra is deaf and for this interview she depended in a hearing interpreter, to relay Betty´s messages to us. The relay of communication takes time and patience. But today, that changes. Betty is learning how to use the deaf-blind communicator. Can you please communicate with me using this mobile device? The Washington State Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing helped create the new device which joins teletype writers with brill display to Bluetooth technology. For me, as the interpreter, it will help in the communication process to be able to type things. Especially if it’s a presentation, because writing in the hand takes a long time. The DMBC can be used like a telephone, and also lets deaf blind users communicate face to face in with text messages. Hello, I’m blind and I can’t hear. This is called the companion, and this is what’s going to allow me to talk to Betty for the first time directly without a translator. And it will give me the chance to connect with the woman who has an amazing story to share. In Spoken, I´m Kalae Chock, Kxly4 HD News. To learn more about the device and how to get one, call the Eastern Washington Center For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing. The number is 328-9220.

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Posted by: gissel_628 on Apr 13, 2015

New tech gives deaf, blind people ability to communicate

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