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Interpretype: A New Communication Solution?

Using the tag line, “The Conversation Piece”, Interpretype is described as, “an interactive communication device that provides a means of communicating without using speech.” The compact device includes two laptop–type keyboard units that communicate with each other via cable. The screen is small to permit visual communication between both users. The manufacturers suggest the use of Interpretype in any setting where there is need to communicate between deaf and hearing people. The manufacturers recommend the device as an auxillary aid in meeting ADA requirements. All the ads and materials focus on being ‘Deaf–friendly.’ In fact, Interpretype comes with a handbook entitled, “Creating a Deaf–friendly Workplace.”

Photo of Interpretype Devices

Photo of Interpretype devices

Will Interpretype be the wave of the future, used in restaurants, banks, and offices? Visit the Interpretype web site and see what you think?

Editor’s note: This article is provided for information only and is not intended as an endorsement of this product.

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