CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College students and area residents who are either deaf or hard of hearing will now have a public videophone at their disposal. It was recently installed downstairs from the west entrance, next to the elevator and near the cafete-ria.
Sheri Cook, director of Midwest Gallaudet University Regional Center at JALC, said the installation is "exciting" and should serve a useful purpose on campus.
"It is actually called a Public Access Videophone or PAV and has been installed at no cost to the college from the Communication Services for Deaf, Inc. (based in Sioux Falls, S.D.)," Cook said. "CSD is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad-based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals."
Johney Ragoobir, a technician with Communication Services for Deaf, Inc., installed the device, along with fellow technician, Sam Whittle.
Ragoobir said the device will make life just a little easier for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
"It's all about communication," he said. "Some deaf and hard of hearing students can't afford computers and cell phones, so the PAV gives them more accessibility to the outside world. They can now make calls and use the Internet. This is a valuable tool for them. Our company is in the process of installing 300 of these units nationwide."
Cook said PAV can be used by deaf and hard of hearing people who need to use sign language and by those who don't sign, as well as hearing people with speech disorders through the teletype device or a standard payphone.
"It is great to see our campus becoming more accessible to everyone," she said.
JOHN D. HOMAN is a staff writer for Logan Media Services