Relay Texas provides telephone interpreting service between individuals who can hear and those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled. Relay Texas agents have equipment that enables them to hear a speaking caller and also read the text sent by a text telephone (TTY) user. This service is available for Texans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are no restrictions imposed on Relay Texas calls. Texas and United States laws ensure confidentiality for relay users and operators.
Sorenson Video Relay Service (VRS) is a free service for the deaf and hard of hearing community that enables anyone to conduct video relay calls with family, friends, or business associates through a certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. A VRS system is located on the 3rd floor of Alkek Library and is available for use by any member of the university community or library visitor. If you are interested in using the VRS system stop by a Reserve Desk to check out the VRS remote control activation device.
For Whom the Bell Flashes - Telecommunications Options
Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TTY or TDD)
A TTY (Teletypewriter), also called TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf), is a device that allows individuals who are either Deaf/ Hard of Hearing, or speech impaired to communicate over the telephone. The device is fairly straightforward to use and requires just a little time and practice in order to master. Anyone who has used a keyboard or typewriter will find that little else is needed as far as skill or technical proficiency.
If you need to call and person who is Deaf/Hard of Hearing and do not have a TTY/TDD, Relay Texas can facilitate communication.