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Transcript: Assistive Technology

[White text on black background reads: Assistive Technology. Under the text is the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division logo. Regina Daniels, a Black Deaf woman, is on the right side of the screen. She is wearing glasses and a lavender sweater.]

Assistive Technology 

Gathering information from the environment and communicating with others is essential to independence and inclusion. Many people who are deaf, deafblind, late-deafened or hard of hearing benefit from using technology. 

Assistive technology falls into four broad categories:

  • Hearing aids, cochlear implants and personal assistive listening devices,
  • Assistive devices that allow you to gather information from your environment through amplification, visual clues and physical clues, 
  • Captioning services, and 
  • Telecommunications and relay services 

Each technology solution is unique because each person’s situation and needs are different. 

Your audiologist can help you make technology decisions. 

D H H S D team members are available to help you understand how assistive technology, alerting devices and apps work, and to help you choose what’s right for you. We are also happy to demonstrate how these devices work. 

Technology can be expensive. D H H S D team members can direct you to possible financial resources, free or low-cost equipment lending programs and other options. 

More information on assistive technology is available on the website. 

Select Contact Us on this website to connect with a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist for more information.

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