South Dakota is bringing CapTel to the South Dakota Relay Program
February 1, 2008, South Dakota is Introducing CapTel (Captioned Telephone), a revolutionary new technology for the deaf and hard of hearing. Whenever someone calls you, their words will appear instantly on a bright, easy to read screen on your CapTel phone. Even if you miss hearing a word, you can still follow the conversation on the screen so you don’t miss anything. And when you respond, you can speak freely and not wait for the captions to display. Because there are no pauses, both parties can enjoy a more natural conversation.
They talk. YOU READ THEM LOUD & CLEAR.
The CapTel phone looks and works like any other phone so it is ideal for everyone to use. For the deaf and hard of hearing however, the CapTel has one legendary new feature: a small screen is built into the front, which displays easy-to-read text as it is transcribed by a CapTel Operator. Words appear almost instantaneously on the screen, thanks to CapTel’s advanced voice-recognition technology.
When CapTel users dial a call, they speak normally but are able to read back everything the other party says, whether they can hear or not. The combined voice/text capability of CapTel is made possible by voice recognition software and the assistance of a trained Operator who is invisible to both parties during the call.
Don’t let hearing loss interrupt your life.
If you are interested in obtaining a CapTel telephone, the Telecommunication Equipment Distribution (TEDP) program is now accepting applications. CapTel services are scheduled to begin February 1, 2008.
If you live in South Dakota, you may be able to get a CapTel captioned telephone FREE OF CHARGE! Equipment is provided at no cost to qualified applicants on a long-term loan basis by the South Dakota Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP).
To see if you qualify, just fill out the application. Once we receive your application and if it is determined that you are eligible for the program, you will be notified by a communication specialist who will schedule an appointment with you.
Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Application
Where to get Services Map
For more information on how CapTel works go to the Captel Website