Virginia Relay offers a fun, educational hearing loss awareness program geared towards school-aged children called “Kids Keeping in Touch.” The program is free of charge to teachers, parents and support personnel in Virginia. The program includes: lesson plans, tips for teachers, handouts, student activities and the Let’s Make a Virginia Relay Call DVD.

Recently, the Let’s Make a Virginia Relay Call DVD was updated to include the newest technologies and relay services. The previous video was over 10 years old and now includes topics such as making a call through Video Relay Service (VRS) and Internet Relay, and also covers cochlear implants and text messaging through Virginia Relay’s texting service.

The look and tone of the video were updated to appear more relatable to children in school today. The video sets up a scenario of two teenagers, one who is hard of hearing and one who is hearing, and shows how easy it is for them to communicate with each other by dialing 7-1-1.

By teaching students about hearing loss and Virginia Relay, “Kids Keeping in Touch” helps students develop a greater awareness of and sensitivity to the communication differences between hearing people and people who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind or speech disabled. Students also learn just how easy it is to make and receive a Virginia Relay call.

To view the new video for Let’s Make a Virginia Relay Call, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MakxSITC9mM

To request your free copy of the “Kids Keeping in Touch through Virginia Relay” kit for your school or classroom, call 1-800-552-7917 (voice/TTY).