Communication and Access
The Information Age of the late
twentieth century has witnessed an explosion of new technologies and
services that have profoundly influenced the lives of deaf people.
Teletype machines called "TTY" or "TTDs," developed in 1960s, made it
possible for deaf people to call anyone else with a TTY. The more
recent creation of nationwide relay services connects deaf people with
hearing people who may not have a TTY, and vice versa. Deaf people also
use fax transmissions and electronic mail to communicate. For many deaf
people, pagers have become the favorite means of communication while on
the road. The deaf home is usually stocked with mechanisms that allow
communication to flow.