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The Americans with Disabilities Act requires common carriers offering telephone services to the general public to increase the availability of interstate and intrastate telecommunication relay services to individuals with hearing and speech impairments.

All common carriers of telephone services must offer non-voice relay services that interface with voice services.

The letters "TDD" stand for Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf. MCM refers to any portable device that gives "soft copy".

TTY means teletypewriter. The first telecommunication devices were actually Western Union teletypewriters (TTYs) with phone couplers. As a device, the advantage of a TTY is that it offers "hard copy" and can be filed for later use. The disadvantage is that TTYs are generally not portable.

The Federal Communications Commission enforces ADA Compliance for Telecommunications assistance for the deaf.

Federal Communications Commission
Public Information Service
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
(888) 225-5322
(888) 835-5322 TTY

The Department of Rehabilitation] offers technical assistance and services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Informs businesses and agencies about requirements for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Department of Rehabilitation
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-1313 ADA specific
(916) 263-8672 TTY
(916) 263-8671 Fax

Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. (TDI) publishes an International Telephone Directory of the Deaf for individuals who want to communicate with others who are deaf.

Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. (TDI)
8630 Fenton Street Ste 604
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disabilities Rights Section enforces the law for deaf citizens.

US Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disabilities Rights Section
950 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
(800) 514-0301
(800) 514-0383 TTY/TDD
(202) 307-1197
(202) 307-1198 Fax

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing handles employment and housing discrimination.

Department of Fair Employment and Housing
(800) 884-1684 Main
(800) 233-3212 Housing
(916) 478-7251 Outside of CA
(800) 700-2320 TYY or California’s Relay Service at 711

The California Department of Education provides Deaf and Hard of Hearing resources, schools, pending legislation, and contact information for state sponsored programs.

California Department of Education
1430 N. Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 319-0800
(916) 445-4556 TTY/TDD
California Department of Education

The California School for the Deaf is a public school for deaf students preschool through high school. Dormitories are available for students who do not live at home.

California School for the Deaf
3044 Horace Street
Riverside, CA 92506
(951) 248-7700
Riverside School

California School for the Deaf
39350 Gallaudet Drive.
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 344-6044 voice
(510) 794-3672 TTY
(510) 794-2409 Fax
Fremont School

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