This video phone system allows people whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate in ASL rather than trying to type out what they want to say. As a result, the communication flows more naturally and those using ASL can express themselves better. In addition, VRS calls may be made between ASL users and hearing persons in either English or Spanish. This video phone is intended for only those individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or those who which to communicate with a person who fits this category.
The library patron will need to request a reference librarian for assistance setting up the video.
The patron has several options:
call and sign directly to the individual called
call someone and sign to an interpreter
call someone and have an interpreter sign to the third party