I thought I would touch on a topic today that I think will be on the minds of everyone in the Deaf Community. The Teletypewriter. OR TTY for short. Why is it gathering dust in most homes for the deaf now?
The answer is very obvious. We've progressed from the age of the big TTYs to the small and portable TTYs, to now we have arrived in the present state. Computer technology has given the rise to: AOL, Yahoo, MSN Instant Messengers. We communicate by sidekicks and blackberries. We even communicate on older cell phones of Short Message Texts (SMTs). Suddenly, a few years ago, the arrival of Sorenson and other Videophone companies have started the Golden age of Deaf Video Phones or DVP for short. Most of them are good for making quick calls to relay services.
It seems in this age now, we're getting faster and easier to communicate with each other and the hearing people.
But, I want to say one thing, Don't junk that TTY yet. Hang on to it. Some day, we may need it again. For what? I dunno.
Will Deaf VPs and IMs be the reached sky in the deaf community? No. We may improve one day again. Who knows to what level?
For now, enjoy the IMs and VPs. What a world for all of us to be so close tight community.
Semper FI VP and IM.