Santa Maria Library has New Phone for Hearing Impaired

KSBY staff, May 30, 2013
The Santa Maria Library has a new feature to help people with hearing impairment.

The library now has a Video Relay Services, or VRS, phone that allows the deaf and hard-of-hearing to communicate with others in real time with the help of a sign language interpreter. The interpreter speaks with the person on the other end.

“The whole reason for this being here is for equal access. It’s, again, to educate the community that we have deaf individuals in our community that like to participate and enjoy the same type of opportunities as everybody else,” said Jennie Morales, interpreter.

The phone is available during all open library hours, all you need is a library card.

The Santa Maria Library is the first library on the Central Coast to get this public phone.

Reprinted with permission.

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