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New tech gives deaf, blind people ability to communicate

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Anchorman: New technology is giving blind and deaf people a new way to communicate with people who don’t know sign language. Anchorwoman: KXLY4's Kalae Chock got a chance to try out the deaf-blind communicator Kalae Chock: In a world where so many of us depend on the signs and sounds around us to get by in life It’s hard to imagine a world you can’t see (voices) 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 40s Deaf interpreter: 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 that I had to learn to accept Kalae Chock: Now, Betty depends on her interpreter Debora Aukett to help her to communicate Debora spells words into Betty’s hand Betty signs back Debora 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 Deaf-blind communicator: Can you please communicate with me using this mobile device? Kalae Chock: The Washington State Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helped create the new device which joins teletype writers with Braille display to Bluetooth technology Interpreter: For me as the interpreter it will help on the communication process to be able to type things especially if it's a presentation because writing on the hand takes a long time Kalae Chock: The DBC can be used like a telephone also lets the deaf-blind users communicate face to face with text messages DBC: Hello, I’m blind and I can’t hear Kalae Chock: 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 a chance to connect me with the woman who has an amazing story to share In Spokane, I’m Kalae Chock; KXLY4, HD news Narrator: 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: hm1412 on Apr 12, 2015

New tech gives deaf, blind people ability to communicate

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