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New tech gives deaf, blind people ability to communicate

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Man: New technology is giving blind and deaf people a new way of communicating with people who don't know sign language. Woman: Kids of Lifeforce Collides Shot got a chance to try out the deaf blind communicator. (SOUND EFFECT) Kalae: In a world where so many of us depend on the sights and sounds around us to get by in life is hard to imagine a world where you can't see (PEOPLE TALKING) and a world where you can't hear. (SILENCE) Kalae: That's the world 82 year-old Betty Palmer lives in every day. She was born deaf and went blind in her 40's. Interpreter: There was a lot of frustration... And... (SILENCE) ... and just a feeling of 'I don't want to be blind', you know. But it was something I had to learn to accept. Kalae: Now, Betty depends on her interpreter Debra Aukett to help her communicate. Debra spells words into Betty´s hand Betty signs back. Debra is deaf, and for this interview she depended on 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. Communicator: Can you please communicate with me... ... using this mobile device? Kalae: The Washington State Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps create the new device which choice ''Teletypewriters with Braille Display'' to bluetooth technology. Interpreter: For me, as the interpreter it will help in the communication process to be able to type things specially if it's a presentation, because writing in the hand takes a long time. Kalae: The "DVC" can be used like a telephone and also lets deaf blind users communicate face-to-face in with text messages. Communicator: Hello, I'm blind, and I can't hear. Kalae: This is called "The Companion" and this is what is going to allow me to talk to Betty for the first time directly without a translator. And it will give me a chance to connect with the woman who has an amazing story to share. In Spoke hand, I'm Kalae Chok, KXLY 4 HD News. Woman: 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: bmendoza on May 4, 2016

New tech gives deaf, blind people ability to communicate

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