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Our very own CAT team members, Gary Behm and Spencer Montan, will be participating in the Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Inc (TDI) 24th Biennial Conference at the end of this month. The TDI conference will be held virtually allowing everyone to tune in. Learn more about it here

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Ensuring Equity and Accessibility on Mobile Phones: Series 3

While we may have many different ideas of what a perfect mobile phone is like, we can agree that it’s time to improve accessibility. Technology has been changing rapidly, and accessibility on mobile phones is not enough. Now, learn what the possibilities are in improving the accessibility of mobile phone technology. Watch the Series 3 video here

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Ensuring Equity and Accessibility on Mobile Phones: Series 2

Are you curious what current technology can do for accessibility on mobile phones? This video looks at improving mobile phone accessibility for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Click here to watch the 2nd series.

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Ensuring Equity and Accessibility on Mobile Phones: Series 1

It is here! We are excited to release our first video of the IRIS series! Gary Behm, NTID associate vice president of academic affairs, shares his experiences as a Deaf individual and explains the history of accessibility in an ever-evolving technological world. Click here to see the video. 

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Sharing the Vision

The IRIS research team discovered frustrations among the Deaf and hard of hearing community of mobile phone accessibilities. After engaging of many different ideas, the team explored ways to implement special features of mobile phones. The benefits of having VRS and captioning services native on the phone are at a possible advantage to all users. Learn more about it here

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Looking Ahead

Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, yet accessibility still lags behind. Smartphones have replaced the need for paper maps, flashlights, and even traditional news sources, but how is accessibility keeping pace? Learn more about innovations in accessible smartphone technology and RIT/NTID’s Center on Access Technology’s work on the IRIS project here


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Center on Access Technology

The Center on Access Technology (CAT) is a team formed by student and staff from RIT's National Institute of the Deaf. The mission for the Center on Access Technology is to create and promote technology solutions for the Deaf and Hard of hearing communities. For the past 2 years, CAT has been leading the project IRIS vision. The project was named after on of the Greek goddess of communication. This article begins to describe the history of communication accessibility and CAT's vision for the future. Read more here.

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IRIS portable demonstration for conferences developed

June 2020: IRIS portable prototype that includes an emulated wireless IMS core and emulated Video Relay Service in a single laptop. This allows the IRIS vision to be demonstrated outside a lab environment and can be seen in person to use. This prototype, along with mobile devices (equipped with open-source IMS clients), demonstrates a complete mobile-based 3-party video relay call. To request more information on this prototype, please fill out our form here

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IRIS Prototype Shared with Wireless Carriers

February 2020: The IRIS vision was shared with wireless carriers: Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to possibly find collaboration on incorporating the one-number idea for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to connect to VRS and Captioning providers through their mobile phone number.

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IRIS Digital Brochure

January 2020: The IRIS Vision brochure was developed to share with service providers, community-based organizations, industry partners, and consumers to help capture possible use cases for the IRIS vision. Click here to access our digital brochure.

IRIS Vision with Service Providers

December 2019: The IRIS team, with the support of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), and Telecommunications for the Deaf Inc. (TDI), met at NAD's office to share the IRIS vision with industry service providers for both Video Relay Service providers as well as Captioned Service providers. 

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IRIS IMS Call-Flow Prototype

Dec 2019 - IRIS IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core prototype with enhanced video relay call functionalities. The network core prototype is developed on top of Kamailio open source IMS, with implementations to support number-based automatic routing to VRS service.

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IRIS Handset Prototype Developed

June 2019: IRIS handset prototype on Pixel 3 with enhanced accessibility settings and dialer application software with UI/UX design to support mobile-based video relay call and captioned call.