A Text teletype (TTY) machine is a device used to make telephone calls by people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. The TTY produces a signal that is carried over regular phone lines to another TTY which interprets those signals into readable display much like a fax machine interprets its signals onto a printed page.
If you have a phone, you can use a TTY. The phone's handset is placed onto the couplers of the TTY, and it is the phone's handset that is used to transmit and receive the signals produced by the TTY. When using a TTY, there must be another TTY on the other end of the transmission for communication to take place.
Because relatively few people use TTY's, many deaf or hard of hearing people use the Relay Service to communicate over the phone. The Relay Service is provided by the phone company to allow TTY users access to communication with non-TTY users. View the procedure for making a relay call.
Both full sized and compact TTYs are on hand for students, faculty and/or staff to check out. The compact TTYs are available for checkout by deaf or hard of hearing students. This accommodation renders any phone on campus accessible.
Anyone in need of a TTY should contact Kevin Karneboge.