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November 17, 2002

Hands On Launches Video Relay Service

From: PR Newswire (Press Release)
Nov 17, 2002

Deaf Community Can Access New Communication Option Through the Internet

ONTARIO, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- DEAF EXPO, Hands On Sign Language Service, Inc. launched its new Video Relay Service at the Deaf Expo today. The Hands On Video Relay Service (HOVRS) enables deaf and hard-of-hearing people to easily communicate with any member of the hearing community using American Sign Language (ASL).

HOVRS uses the Internet to provide video access to nationally certified interpreters who translate the visual language of ASL into the audio language of a hearing person. Anyone with a computer, a high-speed Internet access line (like DSL or a cable modem), and a low-cost web camera can use HOVRS. Free software will be available for download from the HOVRS website that will allow deaf people to use the Video Relay Service.

"Internet technology allows Hands On to place an ASL interpreter into any situation where deaf/hard of hearing and hearing people must interact. The days of clunky TTY connections are over," declared Hands On president, Ronald E. Obray. "With a direct video link between both parties, deaf people can now communicate more effectively using the complete range of gestures and facial expressions that make up the rich ASL linguistic culture."

HOVRS will be available nationwide. Deaf and hard-of-hearing people can access the service through the HOVRS website (, and hearing people may access the service through a nationwide toll-free number (1-877-HOS 4 VRS). The company is currently in discussion with several TRS providers to co-market the Hands On Video Relay Service.

About Hands On Sign Language Service, Inc.

Hands on Sign Language Service, Inc. has been providing ASL interpreting services and other services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community for over 12 years. Founded by a 20-year veteran of the sign language interpretation industry, Hands On employs dozens of nationally certified ASL interpreters. It is the company's mission to provide 24/7/365 video relay availability within the first six months of service. Hands On is dedicated to providing the highest quality video relay services by combining excellence in video technology and the most fluent video interpreters. Additional information about the company can be obtained at its website:

Source: Hands on Sign Language Service, Inc.

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