In this unit, you will learn:
Your organization is required to ensure people designated in the standard receive training on how to use equipment or assistive devices that your organization offers to customers with disabilities. The assistive devices your organization provides likely come with instruction manuals.
The following information may be helpful to staff who need to use a TTY and Bell Relay Service to communicate with customers.
A teletypewriter (TTY) is a device that allows users to send typed messages across phone lines. Many people who are Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or deafblind use TTYs to call other individuals.
This device generally has a keyboard and display that lets the user send and receive typed messages over telephone lines. People who are deafblind may use an additional large print or braille display to read the typed messages.
A stand-alone TTY must communicate with another TTY. TTY users can directly call other TTY numbers or they can call a Relay Service. The Bell Relay Service number is 1-800-855-0511. The Relay Service operator will receive the messages on a TTY and relay the messages, by standard phone, to a person who does not have a TTY. A standard phone user can also place a call through the Relay Service operator to a TTY user.