Technologies Available for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
The Deaf and hard of hearing children have many technologies available to them today. These technological advancements open up the world to Deaf/ Hard of Hearing individuals and provide them with equal access.
*Please note that this is just one example of a vibrating alarm clock available for you to purchase. There are many choices available! Simply type “vibrating alarm clocks” into your search bar and you will see a plethora of choices!
*Please note that this is just one example of a fire and smoke alarm with strobe available for you to purchase. There are many choices available! Simply type “fire and smoke alarm with strobe” into your search bar and you will see a plethora of choices!
The "Get Alarmed" Smoke Alarm Program now includes deaf/hard-of-hearing alarms in 2008. Call Marion County Fire Rescue Headquarters at (352) 291-8000 for more information on the program and to see if you qualify for assistance.
Telephone, VP, and Home Signalers
*Please note that this is just one example of a home signaling device available for you to purchase. There are many choices available! Simply type “notification system for the deaf” into your search bar and you will see a plethora of choices!
Closed captioning is a scrolling text on the screen. It provides visual access to the audios of television, movie, or computer presentations. Closed captioning was developed to aid deaf and hard of hearing people, but it's useful for a variety of situations. Closed captioning is also helpful in boosting foundational reading skills, such as phonics, word recognition, and fluency.
Cell phones allow for opportunities to communicate with the hearing world.
They open so many doors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Cell phones provides text messaging, email, vibrating alerts, and video relay services and coping methodologies to instill independence and communication with the community around them.
A video phone is a device that assists Deaf and hard-of-hearing people who use sign language in communicating with others. The phones can be used by Deaf people to communicate with each other over the phone, or with hearing people through a sign language interpreter. Please note that this is a free service offered to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals! Please register to get one for your child now or if you need help contact
Purple Communications Sorenson
Generalized Products to promote Independent Living for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals