This is especially helpful for children who use oral communication or who have cochlear implants but still need some support to access telephone calls.
One nice touch is that the interpreters will adapt to the signing style of the child, added Diana Lewis of Sorenson Communications. "There is no charge for the phone, as long as this is the only videophone in the home," she explained.
Fortunately for our kids, technology is helping bridge this communication gap.
CSDVRS offers Voice Carry Over services for children and adults who prefer to speak directly to the hearing caller.
The VI may use sign language and lip movements so the video user can benefit from lip-reading the interpreter.
There's no charge, which means I have more money for other expenses.
But the best part is that my daughter can talk to her friends easily.
As the deaf person signs, the VI will voice to the hearing user.
When the hearing person speaks, the deaf person can view the VI sign what is being said by the hearing person." This works the other way, too, of course."It's an awesome way to communicate," Rachelle said."Kids with hearing loss deserve just as much of a chance to communicate as hearing kids.I just feel bad that more parents haven't heard of it." Sorenson installer and trainer, Wayne Faggot, could not agree more."When I was growing up, if I wanted to talk to a friend, I had to get on my bike and pedal across town," Wayne said.Diana said that many of the kids who use VRS are children at residential schools for the deaf who use the service to stay in better contact with their hearing family members during the school week.