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July 2, 2004

'PA Relay on the Road' Will 'Spread the Word' at the Big Butler Fair

From: PR Newswire (press release) - Jul 2, 2004

'Spread the Word! Communicate by Phone with People who have Hearing or Speech Loss'

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- "PA Relay on the Road," the traveling exhibit to "Spread the Word" about the service that helps the hearing public communicate by phone with people who have hearing or speech loss, will appear at the Big Butler Fair on Tuesday, July 6. This appearance is one of the many stops the exhibit will make across Pennsylvania this summer as part of the public awareness campaign to educate the hearing public about PA Relay service.

The exhibit is staffed by a trained representative who conducts relay demonstrations and distributes informational literature.

The campaign is a result of the PA Telecommunications Relay Service Advisory Board's request for such outreach and the Public Utility Commission's commitment to ensuring that all consumers have equal and quality access to public utilities. The Commission directed AT&T to incorporate the campaign into its relay program in Pennsylvania. A recent study showed that less than 9 percent of the hearing public in Pennsylvania are aware of relay services. One out of every 12 Pennsylvanians is deaf, hard of hearing or has speech disabilities, and many rely on the relay service to communicate by phone.

WHO: PA Relay Public Awareness Campaign

WHAT: Traveling Exhibit Appearance

WHEN: Tuesday, July 6, 2004

WHERE: Big Butler Fair, Butler, PA

SOURCE Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

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