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Public Videophone Available in Central Pennsylvania – Government Technology

Mar 29, 2007 News Release

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the availability of the first public videophone in South Central Pennsylvania to expand access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The free videophone service allows callers to directly communicate through sign language, or through an operator who interprets sign language for a hearing caller.

‘Pennsylvanians whose first language is American Sign Language can use this videophone to communicate in the way that is most familiar and clear to them,’ Rendell said. ‘Friends and families can converse more personally and professionals can conduct business more efficiently.’

The Department of Labor & Industry’s Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing partnered with the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) to secure the videophone donated by Sorenson Communications.

‘This videophone is a great example of advocacy in action,’ Rendell said. ‘I applaud the Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing for its initiative in embracing my vision to improve Pennsylvanians’ quality of life.’

The videophone is located in Camp Hill, Cumberland County.

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