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Deafblind Newsletter - September 2007
Washington State ODHH Chooses HumanWare to Design and Manufacture
New DeafBlind Communicator
The Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) in the State of Washington had a strong desire to serve the state’s deafblind population with new telecommunications technology for both TTY and face-to-face applications. Existing technology did not meet their needs. After extensive research, ODHH found that companies that were capable of producing the level of technology they needed did not have the resources to risk on such a small market.
ODHH decided to find the money required to help subsidize the development of the desired products. They put together a focus group that included deafblind individuals, as well as professionals who worked closely with the deafblind population, to come up with a specification for the
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product. They were able to secure a significant amount of money for the project and set up a bid process that attracted developers. One company stood out because of its existing position in the blindness marketplace with an extremely powerful yet easy-to-use product called BrailleNote. HumanWare was then chosen to develop the new DeafBlind Communicator.
The DeafBlind Communicator project is well underway.
Sample of Possible Satellite Communicator
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