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A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing AmericansKaren Peltz Strauss
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When three deaf men in the 1960s invented and sold TTYs, the first teletypewriting devices that allowed deaf people to communicate by telephone, they started a telecommunications revolution for deaf people throughout America. A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans chronicles the history of this movement, which lagged behind new technical developments decades after the advent of TTYs. In this highly original work, author Karen Peltz Strauss reveals how the paternalism of the hearing-oriented telecommunications industries slowed support for technology for deaf users. A New Civil Right painstakingly details how each advance — such as the pursuit of special customer premises equipment (SCPE) from telephone companies; the Telecommunications Act of 1982 and the Telecommunications Accessibility Enhancement Act of 1988 and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, which required nationwide relay telephone services for deaf and hard of hearing users — occurred incrementally, first on local and state levels, and later through federal law.
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
- 978-1-56368-291-9 (hardcover)
- 978-1-56368-381-7 (ebook)