(March 25, 2011)
Hamilton Relay announced today that they have been selected as the new provider of Captioned Telephone (CapTel) service in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) declared that Hamilton CapTel has been awarded the contract to begin providing CapTel service to Virginians on April 1, 2011.
With this new contract, CapTel users in Virginia can look forward to the technological innovations that Hamilton CapTel provides in accessing the service. With Hamilton CapTel, individuals with hearing loss can listen and read captions of what is said to them on the display screen of a CapTel phone, much like reading captions on television. Residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia can purchase a CapTel phone or qualify to obtain one at no cost through Virginia Relay.
Hamilton CapTel is thrilled to expand its service to the users in Virginia and is currently seeking applicants for the position of Virginia Captioned Telephone Service Outreach Coordinator.
The Virginia Relay Advisory Council (VRAC) recently announced the addition of Kathi Mestayer as a representative of the Virginia Chapters of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). HLAA works to eliminate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raises public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life. HLAA provides assistance and resources for those with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
The Virginia Relay Advisory Council represents the needs and concerns of Virginia Relay users and consists of members from the Association of Late Deafened Adults, the Virginia Association of the Deaf, the Virginia Association of Deafblind, the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia, the Central Virginia Center for Independent Living and other associations dedicated to helping those with hearing loss.
“Kathi is well-known to the Williamsburg hard of hearing community and is a strong advocate for communications access in her area,” said Clayton Bowen, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) relay and technology programs manager. “Kathi writes her own blog on the topic of hearing loss and has also written for the Washington Post, so I know she will be a great resource for VRAC.”
A full list of the 2010-2011 VRAC members can be found here: http://www.varelay.org/advisorycouncil.htm.
Congratulations, and welcome Kathi!