Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD)

Telecommunications provides two options for TTY/TTD. One is the analog (Centrex) system. The other is the VoIP system. Please refer below for brief information about the two options.

Analog (Centrex)

The ACCC will provide Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf to the campus when requested. To obtain one, please contact Telecommunications.

Departments have the option to either buy or rent the units. If the unit is purchased, the department that buys the unit is responsible for maintaining the unit. If the unit develops trouble, the department must either arrange for repair or obtain a new device.

If the unit is rented from the ACCC department and any trouble develops, the ACCC department will repair or replace the device at no cost to the user. Excluded cases are: liquids spilled into the unit, dropped units, or any other damage caused by the user.

ACCC has two different TDD models to choose from:

  1. A model without printer will cost $339.17.
  2. A model with printer will cost $499.25. The model with printer will allow you to have a printed copy of any correspondence that takes place via the TDD.

Prices are subject to change.


Accessaphone is a voice output telephone and caller identification (ID) program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This software provides voice output for the standard functions on a multi-user desktop telephone or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Office telephone system, and enables the user to control telephone functions through a computer keyboard or alternative input device. Its internal text-to-speech (TTS) capability provides voice output for caller ID and telephone status indicators, including which line is being monitored, how many calls are active, how many and which calls are on hold, whether any voice mail messages are waiting to be checked, and whether the program is currently forwarding calls to another number. The text-to-speech capabilities are customizable, allowing the user to select from multiple voices or alter the speech rate.

The user can also disable the program's built-in TTS in favor of a third-party screen reader.

The program allows the user to perform telephone functions using a mouse or keyboard, including placing and receiving calls, placing calls on hold, parking calls for retrieval from another phone or by another party, transfering or redirecting calls, conference calling, call forwarding, immediate divert (iDivert) to Voice Mail, call logging, and voice mail access.

Last updated: 

February 11, 2013