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Editorial #55-Let's Stop Walking to Our Phone!

We deaf and hard of hearing people need to change our habits!

For so long, we have had to walk to our phones to make a phone call.

Prior to the advent of TTY’s in the late 1960’s, we had to walk over to our neighbors to ask them to make a call for us.

TTYs/TDDs required us to walk to wherever the TTY/TDD was attached to a hard-wired phone.

With the VP-200, we need to walk to where the TV screen is, and use 2 remote controls (one to turn on the TV and the other to operate the unit) to make a phone call.

Let’s declare our independence–with the Z4 or the iPhone 4.

With the Z4 a laptop can be anywhere you want to be, and you will no longer need to walk to make a videophone call if you choose to have your laptop right by you.

With the iPhone 4, the phone is on you–you just need to pick it up to make a videophone call!

How’s that for independence–what about changing your phone calling habits? Think about this. Take the walk out of your vocabulary when making phone calls.

Dr. Z cares about your communication access.

Disclosure: Dr. Z is a contractor working with CSDVRS on several projects.

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