Video: Hawk Relay’s Deaf Blind Relay Services

In this video clip, a Deaf Blind man from Minnesota, John Lee Clark, shows how Hawk Relay plans to provide access to relay through Deaf Blind interpreters. It’s a very interesting take on regular relay services for the Deaf, tailored for the Deaf Blind who are getting further and further behind when it comes to telecommunications technology for the Deaf, and this is a huge step – all thanks to an understanding Hawk Relay team and their Deaf Blind team members. Only if technology/telecommunications businesses that cater to the Deaf would alter their thinking and broaden their vision to include Deaf Blind consumers, then our lives would be so much easier – and less isolated.

Hat tip to Denise!

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25 Responses to Video: Hawk Relay’s Deaf Blind Relay Services

  1. I have chills up and down my spine. This is fantabulous!!!

  2. SusanA says:

    that’s good news, thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Belle says:

    Awesome. So DBRS is available everywhere in the U.S.?

  4. Pale Lapin says:

    Its just interpreters making house calls. VRS will suck them all.

  5. Mark Maki says:

    wow I never thought that Deaf-Blind have access
    to relay service provide the person comes to home and Iam very impressed. that is great!!

    you did a good job 🙂

  6. ed says:

    You can be impressed all you want, but the FCC has not funded this, and it is doubtful they will. Without funding it will never happen. If Hawk can’t make big bucks doing this, they won’t.

  7. Darryl Hackett says:

    It is awesome! I hope the FCC will acknowledge how important the DBRS is to the Deaf-Blind people and give the DBRS funding to start up and run this new type of service soon.

  8. Diane says:

    wow .. awesome. FCC better helps out on this. Very useful for every Deaf-Blind person.

  9. DeafDixie says:

    Wow!!!! that’s amazing… Thanks for the vlogs about HawkRelay..


  10. Fabulous!!! I hope that FCC recognizes this unique need of the DB folks!!! Thanks for sharing this vlog!

  11. ASL Risen says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for your inspiring info on this vblog! Shawn

  12. Bradley Goodyear says:

    WOWWWW!, it’s great investor. I never thought about that. I am so happy for that. Honest with you, I will support on the way doesn’t matter what deafblind people needs. I will be there for their wishes.

    Way to go!!

  13. Jac says:

    I saw that video, wow it was really impressive. I am glad that you got what you need. Bless them to do a wonderful technology as Blind/Deaf Relay Service to help out. Thumb-Up!

  14. Mule4350 says:

    Wave Our hands to DEAF-BLIND to have DEAF -Blind Interpeters to do is call REPLY !!!!

    I hope DEAF- BLIND would enjoy more than those and expect to get more techhincan things for them.

    Good Thing to know it!

    WOW Smile!

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  16. DeafSpook says:

    Question. After what appears to be a year already does HawkRelay still rely on CACVRS to provide HawkRelay video interpreters and call centers?

  17. Rox says:

    So… will they be able to accommodate those who live in very rural areas? How will this work?

    I think it’s a great idea, albeit more likely to be a success for people in rural areas.

  18. billy says:

    great vlog…hope it will happen soon!

  19. Hi, Guys!

    I have thought about adding this service a long time ago for the European Deaf-Blind people but the costs involved will bankrupt me! It is different from the American Relay Services because they are funded by the FCC and like Ed said ‘FCC do not fund this unique service’. I don’t want to sound negative here but I don’t think FCC will likely fund this unique service due to the transportation costs and shortage of interpreters.

    CEO of European Relay Service.

  20. Keri says:

    This is a fabulous idea! Another possibility is to install VPs in Deaf-Blind’s homes and Certified Deaf Interpreters can make house calls to interpret conversations by working as a team with the Video Relay Service interpreters. I would definitely love to do that! =)

  21. donetta says:

    Great demo, Wonderful presentation!
    Good Work.

  22. Retired DB Teahcer (Betty White) says:

    Beloved Deafies Who Are Negative about Deaf-Blind People:

    Enjoyed your comments re: Hawk Relay SVS for the Deaf-Blind.

    Maybe FCC will approve; maybe not. Maybe not cost effective. At least someone is starting something new.

    Hey, I just have an idea. Why don’t YOU come up with an idea that can help DBP to access phone svcs instead of being negative?

    The DB Community has been thinking up of different ways to access phone services for years and we are NOT giving up.

    Why don’t YOU buy a black mask from a costume store and then cover both holes with tape then make a hole with a neddle and then YOU wear the mask and see how long YOU can live in the world with very limited vison. Nah, you will not do it because YOU are too chicken.


    Betty White

  23. LouisianaTerp says:

    This is a brilliant idea! I have many families and friends that are deaf blind that would benefit from this service, and like betty said, at least someone is being creative and thinking of new and great ideas for the deaf blind community! I would gladly drive to the homes of deaf blind homes just to be able to help. I’m sure many others would be thrilled as well. This is amazing, and I will pray that the FCC approves this!

  24. Rain Jacket says:

    of the many video clips that i download, i always watch those that are very funny *”;

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